GA-Sen: Republicans Stick with Same Lame Message
by Jonathan Singer, Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 08:40:34 AM EST
From Ben Smith comes the latest lame attempt by Republicans to try to use the image of national Democrats to try to hurt a down-ballot Democratic candidate, in this case Jim Martin in Georgia.
Asks Smith, "Is Chuck Schumer that well-known in Georgia?" I can't imagine the answer to that question is yes. I haven't been able to find any national polling on Schumer, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is presumably more well known to the public than DSCC chair Schumer, and Diageo/Hotline polling (.pdf) following the election found that only about a third of voters across the country knew enough about Reid to rate him favorably or unfavorably.
But even going beyond the issue of attacking politicians most voters are unlikely to know much about, the fundamental problem with this strategy by the Republicans is that the American people just aren't afraid of the idea of Democratic control over the government. Both John McCain and Senate Republicans tried to make the argument during the run up to the general election, and it didn't work then. Polling since the election shows that as many as three in five voters are content with the Democrats controlling both Congress and the Presidency. Why should we believe that all of the sudden this tack will finally begin to work?
Yes, showing a picture of Nancy Pelosi might make Republicans marginally more likely to go to the polls for what should be a relatively low turnout special Senate election in Georgia. But I just don't see her image, or that of Schumer, scaring up enough votes to justify spending money on television ads evoking their power on Capitol Hill.