Saturday Evening Open Thread

With just about all of the first quarter fundraising numbers in, the outlook for Democrats seems to be improving.

  • Greg Giroux reports for that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had a particularly impressive March, bringing in as much cash as the National Republican Congresional Committee while spending significantly less than its GOP counterpart. As a result, the DCCC has nearly erased the the Republican committee's cash on hand advantage, which stood at $10 million as recently as August. Say what you will about chairman Rahm Emanuel's strategies or political positions, but when it comes to fundraising, he's doing a hell of a job.
  • In somewhat related news, political forecaster Stu Rothenberg has upgraded his outlook for House Democrats. Writes Rothenberg, "We are increasing our estimate of likely Democratic gains from 5-8 seats to 7-10 seats (they need to net 15 seats for control), with a bias toward even greater Democratic gains."
  • At least one endangered Republican Congressman is having a very difficult time bringing in campaign cash -- and an even tougher time keeping the relatively unimpressive amount of cash he does have in his bank account. Hotline on Call writes, "Rep. Bob Ney's (R-OH 18) bank account has dried up; he raised the second-least amount of money ($142K) among incumbents in our top 50 races." During the first quarter, Ney also spent more than $250,000.
  • Katherine Harris is coming under some heat for accepting a dinner costing upwards of $3,000 from a contractor seeking a $10 million in earmarks from the federal government.
What's on your mind this evening?

Tags: Fundraising, Open Thread (all tags)



Re: Saturday Evening Open Thread

Ugh. Looks like Rothenberg is towing the Beltway line on how the base wil be treated over the next few months.

Democratic voters are already polarized against Republican House members, so Democratic challengers can focus their efforts at wooing Independents and disgruntled Republicans, rather than mobilizing their Democratic base.

Oy. Triangulation is back.

by Matthew Gertz 2006-04-22 02:50PM | 0 recs
Re: Saturday Evening Open Thread

It worked so well in 2004.  We almost won!

by Winston Smith 2006-04-22 02:57PM | 0 recs
Re: Saturday Evening Open Thread

How about inducing some sort of will into "Spineless Dems" like Schumer et. al.

Guys like him really, really, seem clueless. I guess they're gonna wait until the mushroom clouds erupt over Iran before they decide that maybe, just maybe Bush ought to take early retirement.

When you are trying to advance your agenda, in Schumer and Hillary's case it seems to stop at re-election, you always ask for more than you can realistically expect.

I don't particularly like this approach myself.

But that's the way humans do things like negotiation, politics, reform etc. Only idiots or in Schumer's case, folks who don't actually have a real job, don't know this simple fact.

I sent him a letter informing him that his nice safe cushy job might not be there much longer if he didn't get off his well padded rear end and start fighting back against the Bush Criminal Enterprise.

Invited him to come talk with me at YearlyKos.

Not holding my breath.

I am looking forward to talking with Senator Reid a man with whom I don't agree on all issues but whom I respect for one thing.

He's a fighter.

by Pericles 2006-04-22 02:56PM | 0 recs
The burden is on us

The issue isn't "spineless Dems", it's unorganized progressives.

Elected officials can't help us if they loose their seats.  So trick is to make them know that we are the best allies they can have.  

We can't just state our positions; we must demonstrate their potential. We have show that going with us means that we will provide volunteers, resources, publicity and votes for the candidates better than any other group of constituents.  They will go where the votes are.

Demonstrating that we will help get them reelected will move them to our position far better than lambasting them, and it is the best strategy when we are so close to a majority in one or both of the chambers of Congress.  

I would hate to loose this because we were more willing to attack a Democrat than court one.

by Mudshark 2006-04-22 09:20PM | 0 recs
Answer me this

who is the woman on the front page right now?? the top left corner that is?? She looks very familiar.

by jj32 2006-04-22 06:37PM | 0 recs
Re: Answer me this

Looks like Gerradine Feraro, former Dem congresswoman and Mondale's 1984 VP choice.

by Winston Smith 2006-04-22 07:30PM | 0 recs
Re: Saturday Evening Open Thread

Battlestar Galactica New Series SciFi

by Winston Smith 2006-04-22 07:28PM | 0 recs
Speaking of Republicans who aren't doing so hot

At least one endangered Republican Congressman is having a very difficult time bringing in campaign cash

You were talking about Ney, but I'm talking about Virgil Goode (VA-05). He only raised $51k, while his challenger raised $65k.

Virgil's also "Representative A" in the MZM scandal. Rural district, lots and lots of independents who are doing pretty bad in today's economy. Can we say anti-incumbent sentiment among independent voters?

by msnook 2006-04-22 07:33PM | 0 recs
V for Vendetta

by msnook 2006-04-22 07:35PM | 0 recs


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