The annual Republican Advance featured a festive atmosphere and a positive attitude for the gains in 2009 and those that will be made in 2010. There were no doubters present.
It was a time to celebrate the major victory we achieved last month at the polls, but more importantly, to look forward to 2010. A time to dissect and analyze the things that worked, and those that did not. Albeit just about everything worked!
The major lesson to take away from 2009 was that the Republican message of smaller government, lower taxes and hard work is not only alive and well, it is thriving. The Democrats have no message – and no plans for the future. More of the same failed policies of Tim Kaine and President Obama. More budget shortfalls, misrepresented and overly optimistic revenue predictions and shortsighted “remedies” that include closing rest areas.
All three of the winning statewide office electees, Bob McDonnell, Bill Bolling and Ken Cuccinelli reiterated the message that they stated on a recent conference call: We must implement the policies we promised.
The gloating was held to a minimum, but there was a wee bit. The most laughter came from You-tube spots created by the RPV. The “I believe I made myself clear, young lady” brought the most applause and laughter.
And the story behind that video was also pretty neat, as explained by the RPV folks behind it. (For OpSec reasons, names withheld.)
And there were some really great workshops all day Saturday. Everything from Fund-raising, New Media, Election Law, and more.
And I suppose that the best word of advice came from the Keynote speaker at the Saturday night dinner. Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele lavished praise on the Virginia Republicans, especially the workers in the trenches, and complimented the election success that sent a message to Democrats around the country. And left this final sage word of advice:
Don’t screw this up!