Sunday, February 10, 2008

Having Fun Yet?

If you're a Democrat in Delaware, the answer should be yes.
We've suffered through tough years, like 1980 and 1994, but 2008 in Delaware looks like a good year for Democrats, a topic Beth Miller covers today in the News Journal:
"The Republicans in Delaware look like they're in a mess," said Tom Noyes, a longtime Democratic Wilmington political adviser and author of the TommyWonk blog.
But 2008 is shaping up as a fine year for Delaware Democrats who enjoy politics, he said.
"It's sort of like having a front-row seat to the Super Bowl, the Tour de France at Alpe D'Huez, and Tiger Woods winning the Masters."
Miller's article explores some of the generational dynamics of the governor's race. It is commonly thought that John Carney's support skews toward older, long-time party activists, and Jack Markell's support skews younger. With record turnout among younger voters in this year's Democratic primaries, Carney seems to be looking for ways to reach more of those younger voters.
In the meanwhile, the alarming predictions about the damage done by a primary don't seem to have the same urgency they had last year:
"I'm sure [party chair] John Daniello would prefer that we don't have a primary," Noyes said. "But now the primary looks like it will be the election. The argument that the primary would hurt the party doesn't carry as much weight anymore in my view."
Given that the next governor is almost certain to be a Democrat, I'm happy that my vote will count in the election that matters. And, yes, let's have some fun while we're at it.

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