On Inspiration

Posted: March 18, 2013 by Coby Dillard in Editorial/Commentary, Virginia Politics

This morning, I was on the John Fredericks Show, where I had an opportunity to talk about the Stimpson “misstatement” (think that’s what I’m going to call it from now on).

The reality of that whole episode is that I can’t really fault her for her answer. Yes, she can-and should-do better. Unfortunately, though-and I said this on air-what she said is probably no different from what any of our other Republican candidates would say. We try so hard to look at everyone the same, and while that’s a good thing, it’s completely impossible to run a campaign that way. That requires coalition building, which requires….inspiration.

So, a thought experiment. I’d like for all our candidates to answer the same question that was posed to Susan. In its unedited entirety, here it is:

Republicans in VA are getting annihilated in key urban centers of the state… Hampton Newport news Richmond, Portsmouth, what would your message be to the African American community if you went to… let’s say… your campaigning in urban areas… how would you be able to inspire Blacks to vote for (insert candidate’s name here)?

Because what we really should take from the events of last week is that our messaging is horrible. So, in the (relative) safety of a conservative blog, let’s work on that messaging. I’m not doing this as a gimmick, but because if we’re going to win-which is different from not losing-we have to have this message together. The process of refining it should’ve happened long before this point, but it’s not too late to start now.

An open invitation to our statewide candidates-yes, all of them-is extended to answer. Any responses will be posted, unedited.


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