Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Straw Poll in Bedford

Waldo has been talking about the straw poll in Northern Virginia (and who hasn't been?) and the effects of it and whether it is a viable example of a candidate's standing in the public at large.

There have been many stories about it. So it comes as no surprise that Fifth District Democrats will be polled at their Annual Dinner on March 31st ($35, talk to Cheryl Oliver) about their preference for Senate and Fifth District Congressional candidates. I disagree with the need for this type of poll.

I think this tries to create some excitement, which is a good thing. We need more excitement in the Democratic Party. Passion for ideals is part of what has been missing in the Democratic Party and their message.

I just wonder if the potential blowback in terms of talk on the internets and in the streets is something Fifth District Democrats are ready for. Also, I wonder if other events such as debates won't suffer from a lack of publicity. That's where the real talk on real issues takes place.

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