Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Will GOP Bucks Buy Them The Mid-Terms?

For everybody anticipating a change in the make-up of Congress in the upcoming mid-terms, an AP story today should send a super-sized chill down your spine.

Read this and weep:

The national Democratic Party has spent millions on raising money, consultants and building state parties, entering the weeks before Election Day with only about one-fifth as much as the Republicans for races that could decide control of Congress.

The Republican National Committee is prepared to spend $60 million over the next seven weeks on advertising and get-out-the-vote efforts to protect the GOP's narrow majorities in the House and Senate.

The Democratic National Committee plans to use about $12 million, all devoted to getting voters to the polls. Even in that effort, though, it has set aside only an average of $60,000 in each of the 40 most competitive congressional races in the country.

Essentially, the story reports that much of Dean's focus has been to rebuild the infrastructure within the states, including states with very little chance of making Democratic inroads.

No matter the loftier goals, if we don't have a solid infusion of cash to keep at least a somewhat level playing field, than we have a slim chance of winning back either the House or the Senate.

There is nothing more important than picking up enough seats to be able to have some semblance of checks-and-balances on this presidency. If we cannot, in this climate, take back at least the House, than we may be relegated to minority status permanently.

Make no mistake, money spent on campaign ads are crucial to victory. If we let them deluge the airwaves it will be to the shame of the party.

The focus today should be on making whatever gains we can by targetting those competitive races and flushing in money for ads and get-out-the-vote efforts. We can worry about improving the infrastructure in Utah and Montana after we have insured that our party will not be irrelevant for the next 2 years.

If indeed, the GOP is able to maintain their majority status because of a vastly superior fundraising apparatus and shrewder application of funds, than the Dems need to make changes from top-to-bottom.


Anonymous said...

Money will not buy this year's election. The currency for a Republican victory this year is FEAR. Scare the hell out of the people, so they accept the gov't conducting illegal wire-taps, caging protestors, banning books like "America Deceived" from Amazon, rigging elections and starting 2 wars based on lies. The Democrats will fail to focus on any of those issues and will fall into the trap of demanding more troops for Iraq , instead of arguing for an end to the war. Money will not be the factor, the Democrats will also play the fear card and shoot themselves in the foot as they lose seats in the Congress.
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Final link (before Google Books caves and drops the title):
America Deceived (book)

Anonymous said...

Regarding "America Deceived" It was NEVER available via Amazon or B&N. It was published via "Fast Track" at iUniverse.com (a subsidiary of B&N, btw) IT WAS NEVER BANNED FROM ANYWHERE

The author choose not to have it released via B&N or Amazon per iUniverse. Political
motivation or just a cheapskate? You decide. Regardless, it is a lie.

If you would like, you can call them yourself and ask. The phone number for iUniverse is 1-800-AUTHORS. No, really, call them and ask if it was ever distributed by Amazon or B&N and
they will tell you it wasn't, as it was a "fast Track" publication.

It is the speculation of this commenter that the author of the previous comment is actually the author of the book looking for some easy publicity via blogs. A google search on "America Decieved" will bring up hundreds of very similary comments, but all have the link to iUniverse in them and usually the tag line "Final link (before Google Books bends to gov't will and drops the title)".


Disinformation and lies..all in the name of selling a book and spreading fear.

Whatever happened to intergrity?