Bob Holsworth on the "Hope" vs."Party of No" in Dem. Governor's Primary

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Over at Virginia Tomorrow, Bob Holsworth - Director of both the Center for Public Policy and the Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU - has a fascinating argument about the Democratic gubernatorial contest. Essentially, Holsworth believes that the race is in danger of becoming "hope" and "big ideas" (Terry McAuliffe) vs. "not so fast"/"no he can't" (Brian Moran and Creigh Deeds). And that's where Holsworth sees a potentially big problem for the Virginia Democratic Party:
...there does seem to be a bit of an irony here.

Nationally, the Democratic Party has fared very well because it is the party of hope and not the party of no.

Wasn’t Bill Clinton the boy from Hope (Arkansas, that is)?

And wasn’t Hope Obama’s real middle name?


But, as a party, I think the Democrats have to ensure that in trying to defeat McAuliffe, they don’t also run down the major rhetorical advantage they’ve had over the GOP in the last few years.

The Democrats have to be careful that, whatevever the outcome of the primary, they don’t [turn] Virginia into the kind of place where hope goes to die.
Personally, I'll go with "hope" and "big ideas" any day over the "party of no," whether that party is Republican or Democratic. How about you?