Wonder what you would find if you frisked the Massachusetts special election scheduled to take place on January 19th?
Answer: Not the GOP.
Ever since Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) died on August 25, 2009, the special election that will determine who takes over his Senate seat has been a ghost story. Unfortunately, the media hype over the special election isn’t the only thing that’s a ghost, the GOP is too:
GOP U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown has been all but abandoned by the same national Republican committees that pumped hundreds of thousands in campaign cash to former governors Mitt Romney and William Weld during their long-shot bids for U.S. Senate.
The snub has outraged local Republicans who say national conservatives should be jumping at the chance to nab the first open Senate seat in decades despite Brown’s tough odds in the Jan. 19 special election.
Local operatives say the national GOP and the NRSC have donated voter lists, telephone systems and at least $50,000 to Brown’s effort.
But that support is barely a blip when compared to the intense GOP involvement in the unsuccessful but vigorous Romney and Weld Senate bids.
Ugh… Unbelievable! This kind of stuff is the exact reason why the non-existent ‘Tea Party’ tops the Republican Party on a three-way generic ballot. Also, these types of idiotic decisions don’t help themselves either:
The RNC rather famously gave Dede Scozzafava almost a million dollars in her special-election bid earlier this year in New York’s 23rd Congressional district. Michael Steele came under tremendous criticism for that decision later, when Scozzafava’s liberal political positions became more well known, but in this case, the GOP doesn’t have any other candidate running in the race. And a win by Brown would strip Harry Reid of his 60th vote in the Senate and force Democrats to start working with Republicans to get bills passed.
I swear… If the GOP doesn’t get their act together, they will blow some of the greatest opportunities to have an overall conservative victory in the upcoming 2010 elections. If they focused on the Massachusetts special election there’s a chance the GOP could build up some major momentum going into the fall elections. Not to mention, there’s an opportunity here to take away the Democrat’s 60th Senate vote which will force Democrats to make some bipartisan efforts.
STEP IT UP GOP!
If you are interested in reading more details about the Dede Scozzafava disaster, click here.
*UPDATE* – December 30, 2009
The Campaign Spot made a possible and understandable reason why the GOP has been so ‘ghostly’ towards this special election:
...to illustrate how tough the odds are for Brown, let’s pretend that every registered Republican in the state, as of 2008, shows up and votes for him. And let us pretend that the independents split evenly, and that only one third of the state’s Democrats show up and vote for Coakley.
Under that scenario, Coakley still wins by about 1,045 votes. That’s how steep an uphill battle Brown faces in this race. I’m sure there are a lot of Democrats in Massachusetts who don’t like the health-care bill. I’m sure there are a lot of fired-up Republicans, and maybe Brown will even win independents. But there are just so many more Democrats in this state than Republicans that it will take a not-so-small miracle for Brown to eke out a victory. Everybody on the right ought to be pulling for a Brown upset, and doing what they can, but there’s not much point in spending a lot of resources here when there will be a ton of competitive battlefields in the coming year.
I agree that resources need to be reserved for the upcoming 2010 elections, but a MUCH better effort could be made in Massachusetts. With the numbers that the Democratic Party has within the U.S. Senate, it’s never a good move for the GOP to sit back and twiddle their thumbs and allow the Democrats to call ‘shotty’ on Sen. Kennedy’s seat.
Ugh… It’s frustrating.