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NYT Frets: GOP Challenges Safe Dem Seats

From a white knuckled New York Times:


For Democrats, Even ‘Safe’ Seats Are Shaky

By JEFF ZELENY
October 11, 2010

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio — Republicans are expanding the battle for the House into districts that Democrats had once considered relatively safe, while Democrats began a strategy of triage on Monday to fortify candidates who they believe stand the best chance of survival.

As usual, it’s interesting to note that the original headline for this piece was: Republicans Challenge Democrats Once Seen as ‘Safe.’ And speaking of editorializing, the AP photo above was published alongside this New York Times article.

As Republicans made new investments in at least 10 races across the country, including two Democratic seats here in eastern Ohio, Democratic leaders took steps to pull out of some races entirely or significantly cut their financial commitment in several districts that the party won in the last two election cycles.

And this despite the fact that the Democrats have far more money at their disposal, thanks to the lawyers and the unions and the other special interests they pander to.

Representatives Steve Driehaus of Ohio, Suzanne M. Kosmas of Florida and Kathy Dahlkemper of Pennsylvania were among the Democrats who learned that they would no longer receive the same infusion of television advertising that party leaders had promised. Party strategists conceded that these races and several others were slipping out of reach.

Suckers. Both of these Democrats voted for Obama-Care. Let’s hope they now think that vote was worth losing their seats in Congress.

With three weeks remaining to save its majority, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has increased its spending on two New York races, along with at-risk seats in Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky and Massachusetts, setting up a map of competitive districts that is starkly different from when the campaign began…

Imagine the Democrats being worried about New York, Illinois and Massachusetts. The world has turned upside down.

The developments resembled pieces being moved on a giant chess board, with Republicans trying to keep Democrats on the defensive in as many places as possible, while outside groups provided substantial reinforcements for Republicans.

Oh, those nefarious "outside forces." Heaven knows no Democrat candidate, like Barney Frank, has ever gotten money from outside his district. That would be unthinkable.

The National Republican Congressional Committee, the party’s election arm in the House, can afford to make the new investments because the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a host of newly formed political organizations have come to the aid of Republican candidates who have far less money than the Democratic incumbents

Oh, that wicked Chamber Of Commerce. How dare they buy votes like this? And never mind that the DNC has far more money the the Republican Party, by a wide margin.

The Times must pretend that they are being outspent by shady outside special interests — like the Chamber Of Commerce.

Here in St. Clairsville, an Appalachian town on the eastern edge of Ohio, the new investments by Republican groups have become apparent in recent days. Television and radio advertisements are aimed at Representatives Charlie Wilson and Zack Space, both Democrats who were elected in 2006, while new pieces of literature tying the men to President Obama and the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, are arriving in the mail

For months, Bill Johnson, the Republican challenger to Mr. Wilson, has drawn little notice and has struggled to raise money. But last week, things began to change…

Mr. Johnson, a businessman and retired Air Force officer, has been largely ignored by Mr. Wilson. He has criticized Mr. Wilson for declining to agree to debates. But the race gained attention over the weekend when the Republican committee’s advertisements began appearing on television, calling Mr. Wilson “party line Charlie” and highlighting his votes in favor of the economic stimulus and health care measures

Notice that The Times is incensed that these campaign ads are telling the voters about the Democrat candidate’s actual record.

Mr. Wilson, who through a spokeswoman declined an interview on Monday because he was meeting with newspaper editorial boards in his district, has begun striking back. He argues in his own television advertisements that he stood up to Democratic Party leaders on climate change legislation, which he calls an “energy tax,” before closing with a line, “I’m Charlie Wilson, and I’m fed up.”

Again, how telling it is that practically every single Democrat candidate has to run against his party, against Nancy Pelosi and Mr. Obama, and against the legislation that they have passed – if they have any chance at all of getting re-elected.

This is nothing less than a blatant admission that the Mr. Obama and the Democrats have been governing for the last 20 months without the consent of the American people. And they knew it.

Ed Good, the chairman of the Belmont County Democratic Party here in St. Clairsville, said voters were angry and frustrated and eager to “shoot the messenger, if you will.”

Mr. Good is mistaken, to put it charitably. The Democrats are not ‘the messengers.’ They made this mess, and now they are going to have to pay the price.

After all, that’s what elections are for.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, October 12th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “NYT Frets: GOP Challenges Safe Dem Seats”

  1. Right of the People says:

    So the Dims are finally beginning to understand that bad and unwise actions do have consequences. The vultures are coming home to roost.

    The Republicans may be the party of No but the Dimocraps are becoming the party of Uh-oh!

  2. untrainable says:

    After the midterms, Republicans will no longer be the party of “NO”. We shall henceforth be known as the party of “We Won”. HA Haaa.

  3. bobdog says:

    Only two weeks?

    Time to wag the dog, Mr. Obama…

  4. Chinnubie says:

    Another race here in Missouri’s 1st dictrict for Congressional Rep the esteemed Lacy Clay Jr. is suppose to be untouchable and it looks like he will continue to hold onto that distinction but, wouldn’t it be something to see him leave the Congressional Black Caucus, I mean would the Democrats be up-in-arms over that loss, or what?? I’d have to admit that people were finally paying attention to what is happening around them and that would definitely be a great thing. Unfortunately, the race factor still blinds people to the reality of what these crooks have been doing to the Black Community and their families. All I can hope for is that one day the folks of North St. Louis City & County can finally see through the hype that this snake-oil salesman and his father’s been selling these many years.


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