Read the headlines.
Friday- Democratic Governor Association Chair Schweitzer Says Chances in New Jersey Better than Virginia
Yesterday afternoon- Kaine Says It Is Time for Deeds to Make Sale
This morning’s Wall Street Journal- White House Steps Back in Virginia Race
The Journal story by Elizabeth Williamson is the most devastating. It maintains that the President is looking at “movement in the polls” and wants to “conserve..political capital” and avoid “close association with a candidate that might lose.” It says that Obama has not yet agreed to more appearances in the state “despite repeated requests by the Deeds campaign.”
If the story is accurate, the message couldn’t be clearer.
Creigh, you’re on your own
The poll numbers have gone south and the White House hasn’t even agreed to come in and rally the Democratic base.
But let’s make one point.
Other people rarely can carry candidates to victory.
It’s up to them to develop a compelling message, inspire voters and generate momentum in a campaign.
The headlines confirm what realists already know.
Creigh Deeds now faces the most formidable challenge of his political life.
Tougher even than the primary.
And neither Obama, Warner, Kaine nor the Post will be able to carry him on their own.
There’s four weeks left.
So it may not be insurmountable.
But it’s up to Creigh.