The Short Term: Evaluation, Triage & Recruitment
"I am not a member of any organized political party - I'm a Virginia Republican!" - not Will Rogers
Facing Grim Realities
The Republican Party got routed in the 2019 Virginia election. The next cycle has already begun: the Democrats have already gotten started.
In Virginia, the GOP has a number of longstanding issues that have remained unresolved to the detriment of the party and of the state. The party is not unified; its morale is in the toilet and worsens with each successive loss. Its claim to be a statewide party is now tenuous, having voluntarily abandoned a quarter of the state. Its communication with those who would help the cause is grossly insufficient and has failed to utilize modern technology. Basic, politics 101, on-the-ground (and on-the-net) fundamentals, even duties as simple as putting a candidate on the ballot, are not being executed effectively in too many areas of the state.
In contrast, Republicans in Virginia face an opposition Democratic Party which is growing its ranks, has a modern, effective, integrated, political organization, coordinates strategy on the statewide level, leaves few seats unchallenged, has a presence even in its weakest jurisdictions, and is executing turnout like professionals.
It should have come as a surprise to no one to find that the GOP is outmatched in this contest.
2020 The First Challenge
The Virginia GOP no longer has the luxury of extended rest and reflection. It no longer has power in the government, the Democrats will run rampant as they have given clear notice they intend. It has merely four of eleven of the state's seats in Congress, neither Senate seat, not a single statewide office, and handed its electoral votes to the wrong party by a large margin in the last cycle... and the next election is less than a year away.
If the GOP continues to behave as it has, it is perfectly reasonable to expect that the outcome will be yet another confirmation of Democratic dominance of the state. It will embolden the Governor and the legislature to become even more aggressive and radical. Let to continue, this is checkmate. Virginia becomes New Jersey 2.0.
On the other hand, if Republicans organize, become aggressive, and outwork the Democrats, this could be an opportunity to deliver a huge blow. With the corruption scandals to hit the Democrats all year long providing ample opportunity, if we meet that opportunity with preparation, then goals like taking back our Senate seat, delivering our electoral votes to the GOP, and walking out of 2020 with eight - dare I dream more? - seats in Congress, these futures become possible.
We will start by adopting a new attitude: Democrats get nothing for free.
If the Democrats are going to hold power in Virginia, we are going to make them fight for every inch of ground; but for lack of organization and a winning attitude by Republicans, the Democrats cannot hold onto it.
As the first step, the Virginia GOP needs to grow and build a profesional organization operating at no less than the standard that would be expected of any other professional enterprise. Presuming we genuinely believe that hard work leads to success, the case for this standard is self-evident.
In order to achieve this, it needs to be brought to its full strength, and that requires that every position in the party be filled. It is important to address this first, as staff and volunteers are a force multiplier that will make later endeavors more effective.
Initial investigations have revealed that there are a great many vacancies in party offices. Our efforts are focused on finding people to fill all these offices, from executive committees to precinct captains.
Please go to the Objectives:Vacancies for details.
As per initial evaluation, 81/133 county level units need website presence. This is a necessary communications tool in 2020. We are developing requirements for a turnkey solution for counties in order to get them online in time to be effective for the 2020 cycle. Please go to Objectives: Technology page for details.
Full Ballot Coverage
One principle is that no Democrat should ever be left unchallenged. Even where there is no realistic hope of victory, a pro forma candidate at the minimum must be put on the ballot. All voters must always have the ability to choose Republican.
In futherance of this goal for the 2020 election cycle, we have created a status tracker for 2020 races and will continue to monitor the situation actively to ensure there are GOP candidates in each one.
Too many GOP units are inactive, not operating at all. Others operate at a low frequency and don't substantially contribute to positive election outcomes.
The second of our initial foci is to bring all these units back on line, and to initiate the creation of new local units where none exists.
The goal is to have nothing less than 100% coverage in the entire state.
Please go to the objectives page on unit activation for details.