Dems look lost

Democrats lose Kentucky, Mississippi governorships - Nov. 5, 2003

The Democratic Party’s electoral woes in the South continued Tuesday, as Republicans captured Kentucky’s governorship for the first time in more than three decades and Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove became the fifth Democratic incumbent to fall in the past year.
I thought the Democrat’s message was connecting with the people? I thought Dean’s outreach to the South might help? I thought President Bush’s appearance when he stumped for both candidates was supposed to hurt them?

All of this is wrong.

People came out in record numbers to vote and they said no to the Democrats. So much for their attempt to connect with the voters of the South. Where it was once a gimme that they would get Democrats in these states, now it is a battle uphill. However much they play it off, this could really get to the Democratic Presidential Candidates. In governorships nation wide, there is a 3:2 ratio of Republicans to Democrats. Oregon came within less than a percentage point of electing a Republican governor and they already have a Republican senator.

In fact, I found it funny that this article came out on the heels of these election failures:

Dean Asks Supporters to Decide Public Financing Position

Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean, making a powerful case to abandon the U.S. public finance system, will ask 600,000 supporters to decide whether he should take the historical step to avoid campaign spending limits.
Howard Dean, once a man of the people and committed to not letting special interests and powerful contributors fuel his campaign is opening the doors to let it happen with ease. He at first criticized anyone who thought opting out could be a consideration because federal matching funds levels the playing field. Now, when politically convienient, Dean is turning his back on the very principles that have successfully fueled his campaign. The propaganda machine for Dean will bill this as the only way to beat Bush (and his Democratic rivals of course). In Dean supporters eyes, he can't go wrong but everybody else sees it as one thing: hypocrisy. Look for the other candidates to start picking away at Dean. I wouldn't be surprised if Edwards or Gephardt came out on top after the primaries.

If the Democrats don't go through a serious shake up during this election cycle, I will certainly be surprised. They're grasping for straws and these latest two defeats only highlight the struggles the Democrats have to get over before next November.

Posted by at November 5, 2003 3:06 AM