Only In The Politico
by Josh Orton, Thu May 28, 2009 at 08:34:55 AM EDT
Could this headline not be a joke:
Could big money haul hurt Reid?
By: Carol E. Lee
May 27, 2009 12:41 AM EST
LAS VEGAS - Sen. Harry Reid has made no secret of his plans to shore up a massive war chest to scare off challengers and aid his reelection bid.
But could Reid's boasting that he will raise $25 million to keep his seat actually hurt him?
Washington Republicans have criticized the majority leader for his glitzy Las Vegas fundraiser Tuesday night, where donors could pay $29,600 to have their picture taken with President Obama, but Nevada Republicans could go after Reid's push to kick off the most expensive race in the state's history during a recession.
"It will hurt him if he keeps talking about raising that kind of money when we have record unemployment and a record budget deficit," said Sue Lowden, chairwoman of the Nevada Republican Party. "The thought of someone saying they have to raise $25 million to win is astonishing."
Yet a Senate Republican strategist said the GOP plans to match Reid by raising upwards of $20 million to win his seat in a state with just two media markets.
To be fair, the state Republican chair said it could hurt Reid! Ignore the fact that Republicans boast of raising nearly the same amount to mount a challenge. I know Republicans want to bluff that Reid's vulnerable - but I didn't expect the chutzpah of specifically using a metric of electoral viability as proof.
In such a universe, Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons deserves credit as an "outsider" because he got kicked out of the Governor's mansion by his wife.