Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Is This Really A Shock?

Eight years of the RNC sowing 'Compassionate Conservatism'* now being reaped.

The latest example is the special election in the 23rd district of New York. The RNC 'wisely' decided to invest over a million dollars into a candidate that was approved by Kos himself (Of the controversial left wing blog, The Daily Kos). Then Dede Scozzafava tanked in the polls and quit the weekend before the election and endorsed the Democrat, Owens. Heck of a job there, Newt.

This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone.

The largest GOP party committee has $8.7 million in the bank heading into an election year with 37 governors’ races, a dozen major Senate contests, dozens more in the House and an all-important redistricting cycle on the horizon.

Said one RNC official: “It is very troubling, and the thing is, most people don’t understand this. But it is really troubling.”
[. . .]
While the RNC continues to spend heavily on consultants and outside help — about half of the $90 million it spent between January and November — the DNC has moved much of its operation indoors.

The RNC has spent about twice as much as the DNC on consultants this cycle, according to a review of Federal Election Commission (FEC) data.

David Frum's dream of a big tent is coming back to bite the GOP in the ass. In spades. His vision was to spur the true believers** on the right side of the spectrum in order to woe the moderates in the middle. Not really a winning plan because moderates by definition do not have many strong feelings about the issues of the day. And when campaigns live and die by the amount of money raised, the assumption that the true believers will still donate to the cause is damn insulting. The coffers drying up is cause and effect.

*The problem with 'Compassionate Conservatism' is that the social side always outweighs the fiscal side. Same can be said of 'Blue Dog Democrats'.

**True Believer being someone willing to stand up for their ideals with their voice and their wallet.

Thanks to Lisa for the find.

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