MeetUp… For What?

Well, I just returned home from the December meeting of the Richmond Democratic MeetUp. This is the second one of these Meetups I’ve been to, and I can’t decide which one dissapointed me more. The first one was nothing but myself and four others sitting at a local coffee shop complaining about individuals in power we obviously hadn’t voted for. I’m sure you heard about it on the news that evening, given all the sea-change in politcs that ensued.

The reason I went tonight, and the reason I had my hopes up again for this, was becuase tonight’s meeting was at the Viginia Democratic Party Headquarters. I thought this would be begin with a fiery Carville-esque speech to motivate the troops followed by a grassroots brainstorming session on electing Lt. Govenor Kaine to the Govenors seat in ’05. Then we’d all be given signs and bumper stickers to pass out, call-lists, talking points, etc.

I got there about 5 minutes late due to a couple of accidents en-route (not mine, thank goodness). Tim Kaine’s campaign manager, Mike Henry, was taking comments from the group… none of which I heard were of any use to this campaign. I didn’t hear anything that was making this guy say anything other than “yes, good idea, we’ll consider that.” Next, after some blather by the group (about 12 people), one of the other Democratic politicos asked for any other questions or comments. Then came a rant by one of the members complaigning about never even having a Dem. to vote for on the ballot. I feel her pain, but the party individual said they didn’t have a “warm body” policy for running candidates; that the party only would run viable candidates to win. Money, people, time are all limited. Now this complaigner went on to question what is viable? Well, why doesn’t she run for office then? I bet she’d tell you ‘oh, I wouldn’t win.’ Well, that’s not viable.

I just got the follow up e-mail for the meeting. It goes on about the groups optimism. I think Kaine will win, but not becuase of this bunch.