Video: NRSC, “60”

posted at 8:53 am on July 8, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Al Franken took his seat in the Senate this week, a gift of comedy from the muddled voters of my state, and with it, Democrats have the magic number in the Senate with which to control the flow of legislation. The NRSC decided to mark the occasion with a fundraising effort to ensure that Democrats only have that situation in place for 18 months:

I like the ad, with a couple of reservations, one minor, one more serious. First, the minor point: checks and balances should come from the Constitutional exercise of prerogatives of each branch. Political parties don’t serve that function. Practically speaking, though, it amounts to the same thing, just as it did from 2001-6, we should recall.

The more serious point: we need to certainly run hard against Democrats, but we also need to give voters reasons to vote for Republicans.  The recent Rasmussen poll of GOP voters show financial and economic issues rank highest with 60% of them, and presumably Democrats will be feeling the same way after a month or two more of Obamanomics.  There’s nothing wrong with this ad, as long as it’s followed by ads laying out Republican principles for economic growth, fiscal responsibility, and getting government out of energy production.  The NRSC has time to do that, but they and the RNC need to start soon in getting out a positive message for Republican campaigns.


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I love that gay picture of Obama…
Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

edgehead on July 8, 2009 at 10:11 AM

right2bright on July 8, 2009 at 9:32 AM

Of course there are some differences, but those differences are minscule IMHO. To my point: http://www.redstate.com/brianfaughnan/2009/07/07/doesnt-anyone-here-know-how-to-play-this-game/

Next time, try making your argument without the personal attack. Please.

FuriousAmerican on July 8, 2009 at 10:12 AM

There’s nothing wrong with this ad, as long as it’s followed by ads laying out Republican principles for economic growth, fiscal responsibility, and getting government out of energy production.

And music that’s equally pretty, but in a major key.

Noocyte on July 8, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Al Gore
Al Frankton
Al Sharpton

Time to sing No al.

seven on July 8, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Ed-That’s a great ad but ,lest you forget, the NRSC annointed Charlie Crist for the Florida senate without even considering us Floridians and they ignored Marco Rubio (A true conservative).

I’m bias but I think Rubio is the better candidate.

Nelsa on July 8, 2009 at 10:16 AM

Contract with America strategy now…

guntotinglibertarian on July 8,2009 at 10:07AM.

guntotinglibertarian::

That is a great idea,Newts Contract with America!

Plus,it was successful,the first time!:)

canopfor on July 8, 2009 at 10:17 AM

I can easily vote against Obama; I’d like a reason to vote for Republicans.

NebCon on July 8, 2009 at 9:53 AM

In all honesty, worrying about 2012 is the wrong approach. The right needs to take Congress back next year and do so by numbers large enough to make the filthy liar in the White House a lame duck if he doesn’t start practicing true bipartisanship rather than getting John McCain or Susan Collins to come along for the ride as his corrupt party steamrolls through legislation without any GOP input or votes.

All energies and efforts need to be focused on storming the hill and taking Congress back from criminals like Pelosi, Reid, Frank, and Dodd. Incumbents need to be defeated and the GOP needs to be out there NOW finding candidates to run against the Democrat vermin.

highhopes on July 8, 2009 at 10:17 AM

I still have no idea how Franken got in? The voters in this country have gone insane.

Hening on July 8, 2009 at 10:17 AM

I still have no idea how Franken got in? The voters in this country have gone insane.

Hening on July 8, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Crazy, huh? This guy quit his job as a clown to pursue national office.

faraway on July 8, 2009 at 10:21 AM

The voters in this country have gone insane.

Hening on July 8, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Franken is all MN’s fault. Stupid electorate, incompetent voting laws, idiot judges. The voters of America have to shoulder responsibilty for the filthy liar in the White House but MN has nobody but themselves to blame for Franken (and Coleman for that matter).

Funny how despite all the problems, nobody in MN is looking to fix a system that caused this debacle.

highhopes on July 8, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Franken is all MN’s fault. Stupid electorate, incompetent voting laws, idiot judges. The voters of America have to shoulder responsibilty for the filthy liar in the White House but MN has nobody but themselves to blame for Franken (and Coleman for that matter).

Funny how despite all the problems, nobody in MN is looking to fix a system that caused this debacle.

highhopes on July 8, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Careful, now.
Ed is from Minnesota.

Lanceman on July 8, 2009 at 10:23 AM

I want a reprise of that LBJ as featuring a mushroom cloud..

highhopes on July 8,2009 at 10:10AM.

highhopes: Yup,like telling North Korea,that your finger is
hovering over the launch button!

Thats why,I love Reagan,the nutballs thought
Ronald would actually start a war,and at that
time,America`s enemys were scared to death!

Not so with Obama!!

canopfor on July 8, 2009 at 10:23 AM

There’s nothing wrong with this ad, as long as it’s followed by ads laying out Republican principles for economic growth, fiscal responsibility, and getting government out of energy production. The NRSC has time to do that, but they and the RNC need to start soon in getting out a positive message for Republican campaigns.

Principles? What principles?
John McCain certainly didn’t need any stinking fiscal responsibility, economic growth or government out of energy production principles gettin in his way when he suspended his pathetic campaign, muzzled (Sarah), his only chance of winning and went to D.C. to throw Conservatives, capitalism, and free markets under the bus by signing the biggest taxpayer rippoff and Dem constituency payoff in Americam history.

By the way how’s that stimuopaloosa working out for Ya?

John send me another request for money for your Senate run so’s I can tear it to shreds and send it with a donation to SarahPac. I don’t live in your state but if’n I did I’d vote your sorry butt out of office.

The RNC is not the solution. Beltway insiders are the problem. All of them!

dhunter on July 8, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Careful, now.
Ed is from Minnesota.

Lanceman on July 8, 2009 at 10:23 AM

Which makes him part of the problem, now doesn’t it? :-0

highhopes on July 8, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Al Gore
Al Frankton
Al Sharpton

Time to sing No al.

seven on July 8, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Al Qaeda
Al Jazeera

Steve Z on July 8, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Ogabe – that’s a fresh new low. Congrats.
Dave Rywall on July 8, 2009 at 9:40 AM

Is not.

I’ve called him Obama-Mugabe, the Bed Crapper in Chief, Bammy Davis Jr., the Bammy and Mammy show and probably a few others I’ve forgotten about.

I’m committed to showing all the respect to our unqualified, corrupt and incompetent president that Democrats (including Bambi) showed to President Bush.

NoDonkey on July 8, 2009 at 10:41 AM

The RNC is not the solution. Beltway insiders are the problem. All of them!

dhunter on July 8, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Yep…. you betcha…

Romeo13 on July 8, 2009 at 10:43 AM

I still have no idea how Franken got in? The voters in this country have gone insane.

Hening on July 8, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Insanity or programming?
My kid recently learned about socialism. The only things she could remember about the subject were: “Marx had some really good ideas, by they weren’t implemented well.” and “Religion is the opiate of the masses.”
She also learned this year that Sarah Palin is just too stupid to be in office.

ROCnPhilly on July 8, 2009 at 10:45 AM

She also learned this year that Sarah Palin is just too stupid to be in office.

ROCnPhilly on July 8, 2009 at 10:45 AM

The truely stupid, who by the way, got us into the current mess, have to destroy Sarah else she will tear their playhouse down!

The incedibilly stupid inside the beltway polls, pundits and presstitute whores have a vested interest in destroying an outsider who would turn their world upside down and bring America back from the brink!

dhunter on July 8, 2009 at 10:53 AM

Great ad! This is going to get much worse…BUT, we will live to see these losers tossed from office! That is of course if we have Meghan McCain’s blessing first!!! :)

WhatsRight on July 8, 2009 at 11:09 AM

That’s a great preach to the choir spot. However, they left out one fact … the RNC caused their own demise by deviating away from conservatism.

kregg on July 8, 2009 at 11:09 AM

Of course there are some differences, but those differences are minscule IMHO. To my point:

Yeah, Cantor turns out to be a typical squishy pol. Not only whoring for stimulus funding of high speed rail in his district, but talking the dem party line on climate change, too.

guntotinglibertarian on July 8, 2009 at 11:16 AM

As long as republicans behave exactly like democrats, ie; pandering, venal, corrupt folk who believe they are God’s gift to the country, they will only win because the other side is far more pandering, venal, corrupt and puffed up with self importance. The party needs leaders, honest non compromising leaders…Not last elections retreads but new folk.

JIMV on July 8, 2009 at 11:18 AM

There’s nothing wrong with this ad, as long as it’s followed by ads laying out Republican principles for economic growth, fiscal responsibility, and getting government out of energy production.

HAHAHAHAHA!!! Good one, Ed.

Fletch54 on July 8, 2009 at 11:25 AM

This ad is terrible.

“We are helpless. So vote for us!”

Yes, winning strategy to get you back in the game!

ckoeber on July 8, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Who is the NRSC? I see that stuff in the mail, but I just throw it away.

PappaMac on July 8, 2009 at 11:48 AM

but we also need to give voters reasons to vote for Republicans.

This is the NRSC we’re talking about. If they stand for anything at all, it’s themselves. They want you to vote for the R team because, hey, it’s got an “R” in it, and not out of any expectation that they’ll actually represent your principles, which they don’t share.

FloatingRock on July 8, 2009 at 11:59 AM

A better ad would say to throw all incumbents out and start over… but it is doubtful you could get the NRSC to be that honest…

And another ad endorsing a constitutional amendment for terms limits on all government across the board.

Dreams.

petunia on July 8, 2009 at 11:59 AM

Does anyone seriously believe that more valid votes were cast for Al Franken on election day then Norm Coleman?

This is the same playbook we saw in 2004 WA state.

We are no longer in a representative republic in any meaningful form.

18-1 on July 8, 2009 at 12:29 PM

“They own everything”

No more “Dopey/Blamey”?

csdeven on July 8, 2009 at 12:45 PM

In the next election cycle, the American citizen will vote Repulican/Conservative in droves! Acorn, illegals, and the brown shirts will keep the democRATS in power through FRAUD, intimidation, & fear regardless of how the citizens vote. Me,….it’s time to RUN FOR THE HILLS! “America is slowly bleeding to death and I love her too much to stay around and watch her die”. Paul Theroux

hoi polloi on July 8, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Franken’s hysterics in that video remind me of Hitler’s hysterics.

csdeven on July 8, 2009 at 12:48 PM

What an utter pile of NRSC shit.

They’re falling all over themselves to get things wrong.

FAIL

LimeyGeek on July 8, 2009 at 12:55 PM

An unheralded part of the Republicans platform, should they retake power, should be the immediate defunding of all liberal programs and organizations. Republicans need to play a little political payback. They keep bringing knives to gun fights. Slash education spending. Get government totally out of health care while limiting liability lawsuits. Slash government agencies to the bone. They’re filled with libs anyway, who will do everything they can to thwart a conservative agenda. So get rid of them. However groups like ACORN and Planned Parenthood get federal money, END!
Republicans have to stop being afraid of the media hue and cry.
Liberals have no problems instantly over-turning decades of Republican programs, tax breaks etc. as soon as they get in. Republicans should have the same attitude towards liberal programs. END SOCIAL SECURITY! END MEDICARE and MEDICAID. End those programs and you’ll strip tremendous power from the government.
But it’ll take true will. Or failing that, RHAM it through in the dead of night. Use the economic crisis to our benefit! We can play by their rules too.
Oh, and since the libs have been putting alot of our guys in the political morgue lately, its about time, we did the same to them.

Iblis on July 8, 2009 at 1:12 PM

we also need to give voters reasons to vote for Republicans.

Amen! Amen! Tell it, brother!!! Amen!!!!!!!

Truer words never spoken.

J.E. Dyer on July 8, 2009 at 1:23 PM

ROCnPhilly on July 8, 2009 at 10:45 AM

Does she start homeschool this fall?

If we do nothing about the education system in this country, we can make all the political adds we want, and it won’t make a difference. Frankly, after reading comments at the other sites linked from the headlines, etc, I think we are already too far gone. Too many indoctrinated idiots have the right to vote. It would take a miracle to turn the tide at this point. Fortunately, I believe in miracles, but more people better start praying for it.

pannw on July 8, 2009 at 1:28 PM

If they are smart, they will just run on one word:

Opportunity.

ElRonaldo on July 8, 2009 at 2:20 PM

I’m strongly considering never voting Republican again…Libertarian/Constitution Party only.

samuelrylander on July 8, 2009 at 3:08 PM

Harry Reid has called the Rep. the party of no.They should wear that label with pride and add these words(WE ARE THE PARTY OF HELL NO) when it comes to voting for things that will destroy our country.

thmcbb on July 8, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Nelsa – I have been relentless in contacting Senator Cornyn’s (my Senator) office to try and drive some sense into them. It seems that Cornyn accepts the premise that the GOP is the “mean party” and will accept any RINO running, as long as they are RINOs. That way, the staterun media and the democRATs will focus on other things (until it comes time to destroy the RINOs that Cornyn has endorsed).

I’m not happy about our NRSC “leadership”. Someone near Washington, please find a spine for these cowards and present it to them.

Bleed_thelizard on July 8, 2009 at 4:24 PM

While the audio is suitably dramatic in this ad. I would posit that audio of the actual Franken diatribes would exclimate the point to better effect.

The utter non-sense that has spewed outta Franken over the years is a gold mine that should not be wasted!

Archimedes on July 8, 2009 at 4:52 PM

I still have no idea how Franken got in? The voters in this country have gone insane.

Hening on July 8, 2009 at 10:17 AM


Answered your own question… On a lighter note, his winning highlights the fact that it’s all just a bad joke, and I no longer have to search for serious meaning in anything that government does.

RalphyBoy on July 8, 2009 at 5:18 PM

Anyone know the music to this???? Love the soundtrack!

JellyToast on July 8, 2009 at 6:09 PM

Uh, Earth to Ed. The RSC ad is based on the now total of 60, repeat 60, Democrat senators. Thus, the Dems now have, theoretically, a filibuster proof majority. When the ad refers to checks and balances it means that in the Senate the Republicans no longer have the ability slow down the Dems runaway legislative train. This statement “it amounts to the same thing, just as it did from 2001-6, we should recall”, which seems to imply that the Republicans were once in a similar position” is false. The Republicans never controlled more than 55 seats during that period. As long as conservative spokespersons continue to write as if “we were (are) just as bad as they were (are)” the American taxpayer will continue to be searching in vain for those who are prepared to play the political hardball necessary to take down Obama and his nefarious crew.

boqueronman on July 8, 2009 at 8:08 PM

As far as I’m concerned ALL incumbents should be voted out in 2010. Every. Last. One.

The NRSC called me a week or two ago. The poor girl wishes she hadn’t.

ItsForTheChildren on July 8, 2009 at 10:33 PM

This is a great ad. Republicans must use the words “checks and balances” throughout the campaign for congress. This one phrase attracts moderates like surrender attacks liberals. Pelosi took back congress using this phrase and it is time for republicans to stop trying to reinvent the wheel and do the same.

Dollayo on July 9, 2009 at 3:32 AM