This Politico.com story focuses on the disarray at the National Republican Congressional Committee.
The biggest problem the NRCC has is its total failure to communicate a plan for getting back to the majority. Why contribute to a party that lacks a path back to power?
Visit the NRCC.org homepage and you’ll get a sense of the confusion and aimlessness there. It is a total mess. Instead of a front page listing in order of importance of the races where GOP contenders are positioned to take back a seat lost on ’06, you get a mishmash of links. What little traffic the site generates almost certainly never returns as there is no useful information here. Dig a little deeper –say into the “briefing memo” on Illinois— and you have to read deep to find the sort of info you would think would be front page:
IL-08 (Rep. Melissa Bean, D)
Steve Greenberg is primed to pose a formidable challenge to incumbent Democrat Melissa Bean. In a three-way primary contest, Greenberg overwhelmingly secured the GOP nomination.
Steve Greenberg, a successful businessman from Long Grove, IL and former minor league hockey player, will bring an outsider’s perspective to a general election that is surely going to be about change in Washington. Greenberg’s positions on reforming government, cutting taxes, making government more efficient and maintaining a strong national security policy are all perfectly suited for the conservative 8th District.
Greenberg will face off against Melissa Bean, who was only able to garner 51% of the vote in the Democrat wave election of 2006. Bean has now found herself in a much more difficult position as she has been forced to deliver her vote for Nancy Pelosi’s liberal agenda on many occasions. Her support for legislation that would cripple small businesses, as well as her penchant for runaway government spending, leave her vulnerable to what is sure to be a strong Republican challenge.
History. Congresswoman Bean represents one of 47 Democrat districts that President Bush carried in 2000 and 2004. The President carried IL-08 in 2004 and 2000 with 56% of the vote.
Geography. The 8th Congressional District is located in the northwest Chicago suburbs and includes parts of Cook, Lake and McHenry counties. The 8th District is also home to Schamburg, one of the country’s major corporate cities.
Note that there is no link to Greenberg’s campaign site, no polling data, and no links to media reports on the race that would add credibility to the NRCC’s assertion that Bean is vulnerable. Instead we learn he was a minor league hockey player. Sheesh. Can’t the NRCC afford one decent new media consultant? Or at least invite Ruffini to lunch?
Generating excitement depends on having a story to tell of momentum here and a change in the wind there. It depends upon having viable, exciting candidates, and hopefully some of them will be veterans of the war determined to bring their experience to the Hill.
If every GOP Member cannot instantly reel off the top 15 races where he or she expects to see a new Republican sitting in 2009, then they, the leadership and the NRCC is not doing its job. Very few people have an interest in sending money to an atrophied organization that can’t communicate and doesn’t appear to have any serious plan for regaining the Speaker’s chair.