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The NRCC Is Blowing It

Tuesday, November 10, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The Washington Examiner’s lead editorial today calls on the National Republican Congressional Committee to get going with a campaign to target the 16 Democrats who voted for Obamacare on Saturday night who hail from Congressional districts that voted for McCain in 2008.

Yesterday I wrote that the NRCC should target the most vulnerable 20 Democrats, which would include four whose districts barely went for Obama. I like the math of asking opponents of Obamacare for $1 a race equalling $20, or $10 a race equalling a $200 contribution etc., but these are details.

What both appeals are seeking is some action by the NRCC that pivots off of the specific votes cast Saturday night –some indication that the Committee gets it, understands that the country is ready to send an enormous and very focused message that it will defeat the people who push Obamacare forward. Ordinary citizens are willing to travel all the way to DC to stop Obamacare and they will give generously to funds specifically dedicated to the defeat of House members who voted yes on Saturday night and to funds that will target vulnerable Democratic senators who vote yes on cloture. They don’t want to give to “business-as-usual” incumbent protection committees or to committees that will meddle in primaries. Collect the money know and give it to GOP nominees when they are selected next year. All that is needed is a website that makes those simple promises.

The NRCC’s website doesn’t even have a discussion up of the Saturday night vote! Chairman Pete Sessions is a great conservative, but he’s got to give his staff and consultants a big kick in the rear to wake them up.

The Washington Post details, by the way, how the left is busy sending thank yous to the most endangered Democrats and threats to those democrats who voted no. This is just the latest in a long line of examples of the DC GOP getting lapped in the first minute of a race.

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