I would like to see progressives. It is my impression that across the country, Blue Dogs lost big-time, and that would be because there is no enthusiasm for them. I would also like to see a more open process, rather than the party backing the annointed and discouraging the rest. Just about any of the early candidates for governor, for example, would have run a more animated and inspiring campaign than did the actual candidate, and yet, they all dropped out early, I'm guessing because they were encouraged to clear the field.
Not letting any grass grow under your feet is a positive beginning , As for names, here in the Sixth Dist I think we would have had a better chance if Ben Lemming had been the candidate. Now I asked him a question early on and he gave the right answer what he lacked was time to prepare and money. But that is for another discussion.
I agree that we need to start recruiting and fundraising for candidates now. In order to to this, however, we have to have a coherent plan. People aren't going to give up their time, their most valuable resource, if they don't feel they have support (financial, volunteer, messaging, etc.).
Certainly, I'm in no position to make assertions about what we should do statewide as each division is different, but there are some fundamental things that I think we haven't been doing effectively, at least since I moved here 6 years ago, that would, at the very least, not hurt our chances. Not falling into the "August - November" campaign season is one. We're in a 24/7/365 campaign environment. We have to start acting like it.
Back to the candidate thing, I also don't think we need to clear the primary for one candidate. Think about it this way, primaries give us an opportunity to audition potential legislators for a variety of things including just how involved they will be post-election. We also need to give the people a choice. Further, two people canvassing, two people phone banking, two people making contact with the voters in the name of Democrats may be a good thing for us. The past several cycles when we've tried to anoint someone for a seat have been disastrous. It's time to think differently about how we do things on this front.
I have more ideas, but not all of them are fully formed. Maybe I'll have more once I've had time to think more about it.
It's been talked about before -- Tim McGraw with first lady Faith Hill.
Could it actually happen in 2014 or 2018?
McGraw, a Democrat, has stated that he would like to run for public office in the future, possibly for Senate or Governor of Tennessee, his (adopted) home state. In the same interview, he praised former President Bill Clinton. Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_McGraw
You know, considering the celebrity wingnuts like Arnold in CA, I'd actually welcome Tim running. What can the Republicans possibly do? Argue that a celebrity isn't qualified? I mean, they've sent everyone from Ronnie Reagan to Gopher to Sonny Bono to high office.