September 15, 2008

NO CANUTE THERE:

Now It’s the DCCC That Is Swimming Against the Tide (Stuart Rothenberg, 9/15/08, Real Clear Politics)

In a curious coincidence of timing, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has added a number of Congressional districts to its various lists of competitive contests at exactly the same time that Republicans are seeing an uptick in their poll and fundraising numbers and an improved political landscape.

GOP strategists are quick to point out that they don’t know whether their brightened prospects will last, but one noted that recently received survey data “were the most encouraging that I’ve seen in two years.” A number of different surveys have shown a closer Congressional generic ballot and a better GOP image recently.

“We are seeing a real change up and down the ballot, from state legislative races to Congressional to the presidential,” said one enthusiastic Republican operative.

Given that, it certainly appears that the DCCC is running a risk by promoting some candidates who have little or no chance to win in the fall, and by lumping together very strong contenders with second-tier campaigns.


The longer it takes them to figure out that the tide has shifted, and they need to fight it not ride it, the better.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 15, 2008 7:57 AM
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