Thursday, September 17, 2009

Creigh Deeds Needs To Define What It Means to be a "Creigh Deeds Democrat"

During the gubernatorial debate earlier today Creigh Deeds refused to say that he was a “Obama Democrat” and instead insisted that he was a “Creigh Deeds Democrat.” In the few hours following the debate I have already heard a few people say that they didn’t really get why he’d refuse to call himself an “Obama Democrat.” While I understand that these activists might want our gubernatorial candidate to use the opportunity to show more solidarity with the president, I’ve been running into a lot of people who don’t know what either candidate really stands for and this debate could have served as a platform to truly define what it means to be a “Creigh Deeds Democrat.” I therefore liked that he decided to call himself a “Creigh Deeds Democrat” instead of an “Obama Democrat.”

Unfortunately, I don’t think Creigh fully took advantage of the opportunity that he was given with this line of questioning. The answer he provided should have been followed up with an explanation of what it really means to be a “Creigh Deeds Democrat.” I think this could have helped persuade some of the 20% of likely voters who are still undecided to vote for Creigh and could have also inspired some of the progressive activists who haven’t been too energetic about Creigh’s campaign. Furthermore, it would have been a great messaging tool as it could have been used in ads or youtube videos in addition to giving canvassers and phone bankers something to refer to when talking with people who want to get a general sense of Creigh’s values.

While Creigh might not have fully utilized the opportunity he had here to define what it means to be a Creigh Deeds Democrat, now is the time when people are beginning to truly tune into the race. Hopefully he doesn’t pass on the opportunity too many more times because it is especially true in a relatively low turnout election (like this race will likely be) that the victor will be the candidate who is best able to define what they stand for and why they should be elected.


  1. I've been saying for a mighty long time now that we needed a Virginia Democrat to win in November. Creigh may not have defined himself as such but he fits my definition of it.

  2. Bryan, I will concede that Creigh did not offer a "sound bite" or
    "elevator" summary to follow up in the same sentence what a "Creigh Deeds Democrat" is. But I believe had did effectively communicate thoughout the debate what a Creigh Deeds Democrat as governor would do. His agenda is clear: he's going to work hard to fix transportaion funding, create jobs, encouage green technology (and jobs) and improve our school....and close the gun show loophole!

    I hope Nova progressives will quit complaining at throw there full support to Creigh. He's going to be a governor who will make us all proud.

    Tom Greeson

  3. I'd like to add this although it's not specifically on the subject. We as Democrats are actually partly responsible for this because we aren't like the Republicans. Unlike the Republicans, we are willing to accept and nominate candidates who do not meet our complete, 100% political beliefs. Republicans on the other hand I believe have a one-piece cookie cutter check list to run for office and if you don't meet it then your are out. Look at Lincoln Chaffee, Arlen Spector or even Tom Davis who wasn't as right wing as most in his party. The right have done a very good job of pushing those in the party who are too much to the center and look where it got them.

    Either way, those progressives who are upset that Creigh isn't coming out in complete unabashed support for some of these national pieces of legislation I don't believe truly understand the political climate that the Republicans are attempting to feed off of. I see it first hand coming from an organized labor standpoint but I know Creigh is genuine in his beliefs and as we have seen on other issues is willing to learn and grow into a better politician.