As I have discussed with Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Bobby Jindal and even Reince Priebus himself this week (and will do so today with Governor Scott Walker and Senator Ron Johnson –it is Wisconsin week, with Walker, Johnson, Ryan and Priebus all being Badgers) RNC Chair Priebus and the Committee he leads have imposed order and introduced sanity into the 2016 GOP presidential nominating process via a compacted debate schedule which will feature not only MSMers by center-right pundits and reporters, an orderly schedule for caucuses and primaries beginning in February 2016 and an early GOP Convention in Cleveland, probably beginning July 18 because of the expected dominance of the Cleveland Cavaliers and their anticipated five-peat.
All good, great even. But how about the GOTV –“get-out-the-vote” operation? RNC deputy chief of staff and chief technology officer Chuck Defeo –full disclosure, an old colleague of mine from Salem– tells the Washington Examiner’s David Drucker today that all systems are go for a massive and effective GOTV effort in the fall Senate races which will be a dry run for the November 2016 main event.
“I’m never satisfied with where we’re at,” DeFeo told Drucker, while adding, “I have confidence in the products we’ve put out.”
If the GOP takes the Senate with a net of six pick-ups or more –and three are already “in the bag” in Montana, South Dakota, and West Virginia– confidence will be very high in the new GOTV program. If not, panic will set in, as well as another host of Obama appointees in the post-filibuster world. The stakes couldn’t be higher.