I'm totally impressed with the campaign Creigh Deeds is running. Today they made some tough decisions today to lay-off some field staffers and move more of their money into their TV buy downstate.
This strikes me as very smart on a few different levels:
1) If turnout is high Creigh is going to lose the primary. Everybody knows that. So Creigh doesn't need to be running a statewide turnout operation, he needs to be running a statewide persuasion campaign for people who are going to vote that are undecided. So in his case, there is no way he can spend too much money on persuasion mediums like TV, radio and mail.
2) Creigh has been cheap this entire primary season, so no one is going to accuse him of wasting this money. If Brian Moran laid off field staffers while flushing tons of money down the toilet with Steve Jarding and Lionell Spruill the chattering class would be up in arms. Creigh can get away with it because of the excellent way his campaign has been managed this year.
3) No one wants a Governor who is afraid to shake things up or fire people to reorganize things more efficiently. (Again, I am also talking to you, Brian). I think this move could make the people paying attention appreciate Creigh's leadership style a little more.
At the end of this primary Brian is going to be looking at the hundreds of thousands of dollars that went to Lionell and Steve and wondering what could have been if he had done things differently. Good for Creigh that he won't have that problem after this primary is over.
Now we can all sit back and see if it works.