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November, 2006

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The Washington Post looks ahead and sees doom and gloom for the GOP.

Note that extremely competitive Senate races for seats held by Democratic senators in New Jersey, West Virginia, Nebraska, and Washington State aren’t mentioned. There are others as well.

Look also at the last sentences:

Democratic strategists said Bush’s weakness helped attract a number of top-tier candidates, while Democratic campaign committees, particularly the DSCC, outperformed expectations on the fundraising front.

Just last week the RNC’s dominant position as to “cash-on-hand” led to stories very critical of Howard Dean’s tenure as head of the DNC. One of those stories ran just two weeks ago in –you guessed it– the Washington Post:

Despite a lackluster showing in 2005 elections for the GOP, the Republican National Committee raked in better than $100 million last year and enjoys its largest cash-on-hand lead over its Democratic counterpart in more than a decade.

For the year just passed, the RNC brought in nearly $102 million — give or take a few hundred thousand — and had $34 million in the bank. The Democratic National Committee raised $51 million in 2005 but showed $5.5 million on hand at the end of the year.

That cash disparity, which has led to grumbling and fretting by some people in the Democratic establishment, will be a major asset come November, RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman argued.

So, why didn’t today’s story reference the story of January 26 and instead quote “Democratic operatives” spinning?

Because today’s piece is a gift to the Dems, a little bit of love to circulate to a deeply divided and discouraged base that sees a remade Supreme Court, a radical internet caucus, and increasingly wild-eyed leadership in the form of Pelosi/Reid/Murtha/Kennedy/Clinton.

The GOP facses some challenges and some opportunities in the fall. Don’t expect to read a full account of them in the Post.


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