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Republicans Running Massive Grassroots Operation to Save 2018 Midterms

Well look at this. A little community organizing by Republicans. The GOP would do well to take a page out of Barack Obama’s playbook since Barack Obama WON THE PRESIDENCY TWICE.

From an article in Politico, which in this case does a nice job of laying out a news story about something Republican are doing without the usual caveats about how evil the whole thing is:

Republicans have amassed a sprawling shadow field organization to defend the House this fall, spending tens of millions of dollars in an unprecedented effort to protect dozens of battleground districts that will determine control of the chamber.

The initiative by the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC aligned with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), now includes 34 offices running mini-campaigns for vulnerable Republicans throughout the country. It has built its own in-house research and data teams and recruited 4,000 student volunteers, who have knocked on more than 10 million doors since February 2017.

CLF’s new, more targeted structure also overshadows that of its Democratic rival, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s House Majority PAC, which has no field locations.

CLF’s midterm strategy, which emphasizes long-term voter engagement, is not normal for a super PAC. Typically, lawmakers’ campaigns and the National Republican Congressional Committee deal with field work and get-out-the-vote efforts — then PACs like CLF swoop in to fill in the blanks with what Bliss often refers to as “shitty TV ads.”

But Ryan’s political allies decided last year that that model wasn’t working — and that CLF, with its seemingly endless resources, was a “sleeping giant,” as they called it.

GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson has provided tens of millions of dollars for the effort.

Activists have been knocking on doors and ringing phones since the beginning of last year, heading back to the same people repeatedly to lock up their vote for local House candidates. The idea stems from a simple concept that every child knows about his parents: Keep asking, and eventually you may get to “yes.”

Democratic Dreams of a Congressional Takeover Imperiled

Uh oh. Take the champagne back off the ice.

Democrats have little idea of what to do about running the country, other than hating on Trump. Maybe they think Robert Mueller’s investigation will somehow erase the wage gap or get Kim Jong-Un to stop his nuclear weapons program.

Anyway, just being against something seems to be having political consequences, especially when the person you’re against just lowered everyone’s taxes.

Oh, but attacking Trump just feels so good!

According to Politico:

House Democrats are heading into the throes of the election haunted by many of the same problems that dogged them in 2016: a Trump-dominated news cycle, a message that’s struggling to break through and sharp divisions within the party about how to fix it.

Now many Democrats say they’re watching nervously as polls start to trend in Republicans’ favor — and worry they’re witnessing the beginning of a slow-motion train wreck that they have no idea how to stop.

There are still widespread disagreements within the diverse 193-member caucus about what campaign message Democrats should rally around in the final months before the midterms and even who should be the party’s chief messenger.

Some Democrats worry a rerun of the Republican playbook employed in the past several cycles — painting House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as the GOP’s central villain — will again be successful in denying them the House majority.

Other members say the caucus’ main problems are internal. Democrats on the far ends of the party’s ideological spectrum continue to battle over what their focus should be in the election — and how much of it should center on President Donald Trump.

Bannon Claims Another Scalp as Jeff Flake Decides Not to Seek Reelection

Under threat of an arduous primary challenge backed by Steve Bannon, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., announced Tuesday he will not seek reelection.

Flake’s decision to retire follows that of Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who stood down as polls showed him below 50 percent with Republican voters in his state. Bannon was recruiting a primary challenger to run against Corker.

The former chief Trump White House strategist now has helped pressure two establishment Republican senators to step aside and make room for candidates more favorable to Trump. Corker and Flake are perhaps Trump’s harshest critics among Republicans in the Senate.

Flake, like Corker, had been struggling in the polls. According to the Arizona Republic, Flake acknowledged that political concerns were driving his decision:

He told The Arizona Republic ahead of his announcement that he has become convinced “there may not be a place for a Republican like me in the current Republican climate or the current Republican Party.”

Flake said he has not “soured on the Senate” and loves the institution, but that as a traditional, libertarian-leaning conservative Republican he is out of step with today’s Trump-dominated GOP.

“This spell will pass, but not by next year,” Flake said.

During an emotional speech on the Senate floor, Flake assailed Trump. “I rise today to say, ‘enough.’ We must dedicate ourselves to making sure that the anomalous never becomes the normal.”

Flake’s decision comes just one week after Bannon hosted a fundraiser for Flake challenger Kelli Ward.

Where is the Republican Attack Machine on the Shutdown?

Democrats are always so much better at spinning their nonsense than Republicans are. They whine, attack, and rally the troops every time there’s a big battle to be fought, while Republicans think somehow people will come around to their point of view. And Democrats do it in an organized fashion guided by a well thought… Continue Reading

Black Caucus Members Storm Senate Floor to Protest Sessions

This is now how Congress argues issues. Via “protest,” instead of engaging in a debate. House lawmakers led by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, and other Congressional Black Caucus members staged a protest against Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions’ nomination to attorney general on the Senate floor Wednesday, the Washington Examiner reported. The group of… Continue Reading

Laura Ingraham May Run for Senate in Virginia

That’s right, my former boss at LifeZette reportedly may get into politics. From the Washington Examiner: The queen of conservative talk radio, Laura Ingraham, is eyeing a Senate run in Virginia and a challenge to Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine. Knowledgeable sources said that several party insiders have approached the media giant to… Continue Reading

Minnesota Trending Red

Looks like that “Blue Wall” Democrats thought they had in the Rust Belt is turning red. From the Washington Examiner: One of the most underreported stories of this year’s election cycle was how darn close the race finished in Minnesota for Donald Trump. Yes, Minnesota. The president-elect did not win the North Star State on… Continue Reading

Reid: Dems 2020 Roster looks like an ‘Old Folks Home’

Outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid says the potential 2020 Democratic presidential field resembles an “old folks home,” according to a new report. In the aftermath of President-elect Trump’s victory and recent chatter that Vice President Biden could launch a 2020 campaign for the Democratic nomination, the Nevada Democrat remarked that the field of prospective… Continue Reading