Sep 28 2007
Americans invest in winners. This is a solid fact in politics. The money flows to those America want to win and dries up for those people do not want to win. With this fact of life in mind the GOP is in serious trouble:
Using data for Aug. 31 in the election cycleâ€™s off-year as a snapshot, the figures show that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) reported $20.5 million more in cash on hand than the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), which reported only $1.59 million in the bank.
Both committees, which serve as their partiesâ€™ respective political arms for the House of Representatives, also reported they faced more than $3 million in outstanding debt, after paying down millions in debt earlier in the year.
In the first eight months of the year, the DCCC reported raising $44 million, while the NRCC lagged at $34 million.
A look back shows how sharply the Republican fortunes have declined. On the identical date in 2005, the NRCC had $624,000 more on hand than the DCCC, while on the Senate side Republicans had a $950,000 advantage.
In 2003, the NRCC had a $1.52 million edge over the DCCC as of Aug. 31, while Senate Republicans had an $800,000 margin. In 2001, it was House Republicans with a $1.38 million margin, and Senate Republicans led by $730,000. In 1999, the DCCC managed a $661,000 lead in cash on hand over the NRCC. But Senate Republicans enjoyed a $1 million edge.
Historically the GOP has had a money edge – until their disasterous showing in 2006. The polls show that while Dem led Congress is almost despised in this country, the Dems still get large support in the general election match ups. The GOP’s tactics of ragging on people who differ with them, using over the top and abusive rhetoric on issues that demand working together, is taking its toll. The purity wars are working, the GOP is shrinking down to its shrillest, purest core. Which means it will be spending a lot of years wandering in the wilderness of the minority again.