Senate Republicans are Pulling Up the Stakes

The fact that John Ensign has been unable as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee to keep up with Chuck Schumer, the head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, in terms of fundraising, recruiting and just about everything else is having real ramifications at this point in the election cycle. Take a look, for instance, at what the cash-strapped NRSC is doing these days.

Republicans' Senate campaign arm called off television ads Tuesday that were to air in New Mexico in the run-up to Election Day, an indication that it's leaving the GOP candidate there to fend for himself as the party braces for losses.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee's decision to cancel the New Mexico spots reflects its priorities during a tough year for the GOP, with the party lagging badly in fundraising and resigned to losing seats in the Senate.

Remember, despite the fact that Democratic Congressman Tom Udall is leading in the fundraising race and in the polls, the seat in New Mexico is a Republican seat and has been for the last 36 years, so the GOP is writing off the race two months out from election day is rather remarkable. It looks like we should be seeing not only more and better Democrats in Congress, but also more and better Udalls in the Senate as well.

Tags: Fundraising, More and Better Udalls, NM-Sen, NRSC, Senate 2008 (all tags)

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Re: Senate Republicans are Pulling Up the Stakes

I've wondering whether Repub Senators and Congressmen were going to start balking about McCain using the RNC as his personal piggy bank.

Would they be able to use the RNC money if McCain wasn't sucking it up?

by Bush Bites 2008-09-06 07:56PM | 0 recs
Re: Senate Republicans are Pulling Up the Stakes

They could, but they won't. The RNC is run now by McCain operatives, as the DNC by Obama's. The NRSC is stuck with a dry riverbed.

by Jerome Armstrong 2008-09-07 10:35AM | 0 recs
The DSCC ad on Norm Coleman is pretty good

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hck2mnDqB dE

by Bush Bites 2008-09-06 08:03PM | 0 recs
Re: The DSCC ad on Norm Coleman is pretty good
Wow, that is a good ad.
Did you hear the "movie trailer voice guy" died last week?
Don LaFontaine tribute
by skohayes 2008-09-07 04:08AM | 0 recs
Warms my friggin heart!

Stick it to 'em, Chuck!  Stomp 'em.!

by RichardFlatts 2008-09-06 08:51PM | 0 recs
Re: Senate Republicans are Pulling Up the Stakes

And I know what to do with the stakes. That or they keep sucking the life out of this country. We need every single person who knows that the Republicans have led us into a depression and desperate state - only to walk away - that we will be everywhere they turn. Hit the phones, hit the streets, and confront those yammering morans in the general blogoshphere. Y'all can be as bi-partisan or post partisan as you want, just as long as none of those failed ideas that radical right wing elitist Republicans fool anyone that they are anything but selfish.

by Jeter 2008-09-06 09:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Senate Republicans are Pulling Up the Stakes

Check out this blog. tons of stuff on Palin including these letters she wrote talking about getting beluga whales off the ESA!

http://liz-seattlespeak.blogspot.com

by JasonSunshine 2008-09-06 09:58PM | 0 recs
I'll never forgive Schumer

... for dropping the ball on the US Attorney scandal and for railroading us with Mukasey, Roberts, and Alito.

I'm glad the dems are leading in many senate races, but if it's to get more senators like Schumer and Feinstein it's a hollow victory.

by obsessed 2008-09-06 10:15PM | 0 recs
think of it this way

Every new seat added to the Democratic majority provides further incentive for Republican incumbents to retire before the 2010 and 2012 elections.

We want them to feel that they'll never get to be in the majority again, so they might as well go do something more fun.

by desmoinesdem 2008-09-07 05:34AM | 0 recs
Re: think of it this way

... just imagining a run in which we lose just a single senate seat from 2005 until 2012...

by Jerome Armstrong 2008-09-07 10:36AM | 0 recs
Re: Senate Republicans are Pulling Up the Stakes

The Dems will gain at least five seats to get to 56 (55 without good old Joe). They will also make double digit gains in the House. The only way the GOP takes Senate or the House in the near future is through Obama Presidency. If Obama does not get in, GOP will suffer further losses in 2010 with severe implications for re-districting whcih will have disastrous consequences for the party until at least the 2020 elections. It may in fact be the realignment that Rove is talking about..but not the way he wants it.

by Boilermaker 2008-09-08 03:53AM | 0 recs

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