Wednesday, November 12, 2003

"Their ground war defeated our air war."

From The Columbus Ledger-Inquirer:

Last year, Georgia Democrats not only lost the governor's office, a U.S. Senate seat and control of the state Senate; they also lost their party's roots.
Make that grassroots.
And that assertion didn't come Saturday from a Republican. Democratic leaders criticized themselves as they spoke to about 75 local supporters in the Columbus Convention & Trade Center.
The gathering was among several statewide stops scheduled before the 2004 primaries -- part of the party's strategy to regain its traditional strength of "taking it to the people," as state Rep. Calvin Smyre, D-Columbus, put it.
While state Democrats focused last year on campaigning through the media, the Republican revolution spread through handshakes and stump speeches.
"We're trying to breathe life and vitality into our local parties," said Smyre, the state Democratic Party chairman. "Republicans beat us at our own game. Their ground war defeated our air war."
Now, with a GOP governor for the first time in 130 years, the big national and statewide money is flowing into Georgia Republican campaigns.
"We don't have the resources we had in the past," Smyre said. "We have to use people power."