Today’s Adam Nagourney article about the GOP victory in Duke Cunningham’s old district was excellent.
This is one of those articles that really did call for balance, because both sides are furiously spinning it but neither is right. It’s clearly a disappointment for Democrats, who hoped to steal one deep in Republican country, but hardly anything to cheer about for the GOP: they’re supposed to win races in northern San Diego County.
One thing in particular caught my attention: the Republicans are crushing the Democrats in ground operations:
Republicans demonstrated yet again their ability to raise more money than Democrats and to deploy the get-out-the-vote and absentee-vote operation developed by the Republican National Committee.
The committee’s chairman, Ken Mehlman, said Wednesday that Republicans had 160 people in this district helping to get out the vote.
“They made 164,000 phone calls,” Mr. Mehlman said.
Democrats said the Democratic National Committee had no similar effort on the ground here.
Question of the Day: Why the hell not? I’m not even sure that this is a Howard Dean 50-state strategy issue: this is California, for crying out loud. Anyone home at the DNC? Wait, don’t answer that…..