Senate Dems to donors: House is lost already

posted at 10:55 am on September 28, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

In a shortage economy, rationing forces some hard choices.  Democrats running for Congress in both chambers have discovered this as donors have begun closing their pocketbooks or tapping out, and the desperation for dollars has them competing not against Republicans but each other.   Politico reports that a dwindling pool of patrons are being pitched by Senate campaigns to skip sending any money to House candidates as Republicans will take control in the next Congress anyway:

House and Senate Democrats are increasingly competing against one another over a small universe of deep-pocketed donors who could make a financial difference in the final stretch before the midterm elections.

In some cases, donors report that they are being urged to fund Senate campaigns at the expense of the House, where Democrats are in danger of losing their majority.

One House Democratic fundraiser said that some Senate operatives are telling big donors and union officials, “The House is lost; you have to save the Senate.”

Some House Democrats are fighting back with their own pitch:

While top Senate Democrats insist they don’t use that line, some House strategists are playing their own angle. Their money pitch: House Democrats have worked overtime to pass President Barack Obama’s sweeping agenda, parts of which have been stymied in the intractable Senate.

Er, good luck with that argument.  Nancy Pelosi had a 77-seat majority in the 111th Session; would an 87-seat majority have made any difference?  That pitch almost demands more focus on the Senate rather than the House — except that the Democrats also had an 18-seat majority in the Senate for most of the year, and at least for a few months a filibuster-proof 20-seat majority.

The problem with their agenda wasn’t that there are too many Republicans opposed to it.  It’s that there were too many Democrats opposed to it.  The “sweeping agenda” was too radical for mainstream America, whose voters thought they had elected a fiscally responsible Congress in 2006 and a post-partisan moderate as President in 2008.  Surprise!

And that’s also the reason why the Democrats have an increasingly smaller universe of deep-pocketed donors.  Their Wall Street friends finally woke up and smelled the class-warfare coffee and have stopped contributing to Democrats.  CEOs who pronounced themselves agents of Hope and Change in 2008 now openly accuse the Obama administration of an anti-business bias.  Thanks to two years of Obamanomics, people have less money to give to politicians, and those who do are much more supportive of candidates who want to curtail spending and the explosion of ambiguous rulemaking that have become the hallmark of Democrats in this session of Congress.

Now Democrats have to get used to a shortage economy in the political markets.  That’s what happens when politicians spend their time creating shortage economies for the rest of us.


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“The war is lost.” -Harry Reid.

thebrokenrattle on September 28, 2010 at 10:57 AM

To save time and money I would be willing to allow all dems running for re-election to quietly bow out now, pack up their offices and head home. The holidays are coming up and I’m sure they would enjoy spending “quality time” with their families.

milwife88 on September 28, 2010 at 11:00 AM

This goes nicely with the David Freddoso article in the headlines which say that the DSCC has blown 2/3 of their expenses so far, at almost $5 million, on races in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Missouri.

The latter two are going Republican barring a massive shift in the next month. Delaware is ostensibly going to the Dems, but that’s money they had earmarked for other races until Castle unexpectedly lost to O’Donnell.

teke184 on September 28, 2010 at 11:00 AM

“You can’t help them with your money. Send it to us. We’re in the fight of our lives! LOL.

kingsjester on September 28, 2010 at 11:01 AM

I’m salivating for 11/2.

disa on September 28, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Blue on Blue.

I can haz more??

VelvetElvis on September 28, 2010 at 11:01 AM

One House Democratic fundraiser said that some Senate operatives are telling big donors and union officials, “The House is lost; you have to save the Senate.”

… to be followed by: “The Senate is lost; you have to save Obama …”

PackerBronco on September 28, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Maybe they heard the Tea Party Patriots!!!!!!!!!!!

CAN YOU HEAR US NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on September 28, 2010 at 11:02 AM

I can now see the House Dem’s in my rear view mirror and I’m not slowing down!

rjoco1 on September 28, 2010 at 11:02 AM

“Buck Up”, “Shut UP” sayt the Dims

-UCK OFF say the people!

dhunter on September 28, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Triage. Death Panels. Oh, the sweet irony!

jwolf on September 28, 2010 at 11:05 AM

“CEOs who pronounced themselves agents of Hope and Change in 2008 now openly accuse the Obama administration of an anti-business bias.”

Even more shocking, my goldfish aren’t using the fashionable new outhouse I put in their aquarium.

perroviejo on September 28, 2010 at 11:07 AM

The Dems don’t deserve to simply ‘lose.’ That party needs to be crushed and sent into oblivion – forever. With all the touting that “the adults are in charge” they have behaved like adolescents run amok. They have pillaged the treasury, layered enormous debt upon existing deficits, made a farce of foreign policy and ignored job creation all the while insulting and damaging large portions of the voting public.

Bedbugs aren’t as much of problem as the Dem cockroach infestation in DC. To say that they are the epitome of the Culture of Corruption and criminally irresponsible doesn’t even begin to describe them.

Cody1991 on September 28, 2010 at 11:07 AM

The redistributive philosophy still has no less standing among the democrats, the problem now is who to redistribute what they have, with who they have.

fourdeucer on September 28, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Dems jettisoning the jetsam hoping to prevent the entire Democratic Congress from becoming flotsam.

BuckeyeSam on September 28, 2010 at 11:09 AM

“Look! Sarah Palin was booed at DWTS!!!”

- Democrats

turfmann on September 28, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Coming in November!

Hopey the Perplexed Fence Post Turtle!!

canopfor on September 28, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Cody1991 on September 28, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Excellent post!

GrannySunni on September 28, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Are you sponge-worthy?

bloviator on September 28, 2010 at 11:12 AM

das Boat, das Boat … the War is lost.

tarpon on September 28, 2010 at 11:12 AM

One House Democratic fundraiser said that some Senate operatives are telling big donors and union officials, “The House is lost; you have to save the Senate.”

Now this is one “house foreclosure” I can live with.

Rovin on September 28, 2010 at 11:12 AM

I’m sure Nancy Pelosi believes that things will work out just fine and that if asked, she’ll tell you that she has no plans on moving out of the Speakers office.

GarandFan on September 28, 2010 at 11:13 AM

“Save your money. We suck. That is all.”

fogw on September 28, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Politico reports that a dwindling pool of patrons are being pitched by Senate campaigns to skip sending any money to House candidates as Republicans will take control in the next Congress anyway:

blue on blue!

that is, after all, the government’s money anyway…and the Senate is merely trying to reapportion it in easier ways than previously done.

ted c on September 28, 2010 at 11:13 AM

October surprise? Democrats Hire M. Night Shyamalan to Direct Pre-election Media Strategy

Mervis Winter on September 28, 2010 at 11:14 AM

“Sink more money into a lost cause.”

Great idea. Who the hell thinks up these things?

Bishop on September 28, 2010 at 11:15 AM

House is lost already
========================
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I do wonder,now and then,if Pelosi regrets
not dusting off her broom,and should of
cleaned her House,of her party’s Corruption!!!

canopfor on September 28, 2010 at 11:15 AM

And that’s also the reason why the Democrats have an increasingly smaller universe of deep-pocketed donors. Their Wall Street friends finally woke up and smelled the class-warfare coffee and have stopped contributing to Democrats.

great line Ed.

ted c on September 28, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Hey Dems, do you see what it’s like “to want” —?

get used to it.

ted c on September 28, 2010 at 11:17 AM

October surprise? Democrats Hire M. Night Shyamalan to Direct Pre-election Media Strategy

Mervis Winter on September 28, 2010 at 11:14 AM

WAHT A TWEEST~!

teke184 on September 28, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Is this the Redistribution Barrack Hussein “Cousin Eddie” Obama spoke of from the House to the Senate?

dhunter on September 28, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Reid to Blue Dogs: Forget about you, save ME!!!

Something about those self-funding Senate candidates from the business world in CA (Fiorina), WV (Raese), and CT (McMahon) is starting to make sense these days…

I’m sure Nancy Pelosi believes that things will work out just fine and that if asked, she’ll tell you that she has no plans on moving out of the Speakers office.

GarandFan on September 28, 2010 at 11:13 AM

But the voters and John Boehner might have other plans!

Steve Z on September 28, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Now Democrats have to get used to a shortage economy in the political markets. That’s what happens when politicians spend their time creating shortage economies for the rest of us.

Nana nana boo boo!

ladyingray on September 28, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Now Democrats have to get used to a shortage economy in the political markets. That’s what happens when politicians spend their time creating shortage economies for the rest of us.

they create those shortage economies to meet the needs of their inability to compete in the usual economy….If your incompetent, a loser, and suck at everything you do, then what better way to help yourself out but to take over the government and transform it so that losers like yourselves can actually get picked for dodgeball for once in your lives.

a bevy of losers….

ted c on September 28, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Mervis Winter on September 28, 2010 at 11:14 AM

From your link, so worth the click:

“We’re very excited to have M. Night Shyamalan on board,” said Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “The American people already know what we’ve done to the country. But many people don’t yet know that the unprecedented amounts of taxpayer money we’ve been spending is going to feed a voracious supernatural deity which, if left unfed, would have feasted on the souls of children.”

lol

RepubChica on September 28, 2010 at 11:20 AM

House Dems being struck by intentional friendly fire.

Awesome!

BuckeyeSam on September 28, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Maybe HilRod was right!
=========================

HILLARY Clinton MOCKS Obama SUPPORTERS @ 2/24 Rally Laughing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzoiPnrCwSc

canopfor on September 28, 2010 at 11:22 AM

This goes nicely with the David Freddoso article in the headlines which say that the DSCC has blown 2/3 of their expenses so far, at almost $5 million, on races in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Missouri.

PA and MO are probably lost causes for the Democrats, who might have to start spending money on states like WV and (whodathunkit?) Connecticut!

Steve Z on September 28, 2010 at 11:24 AM

House Dems being struck by intentional friendly fire.

Awesome!

BuckeyeSam on September 28, 2010 at 11:21 AM

BuckeyeSam: Yup,math is critical when your calling in an
Airstrike,ahem!!

canopfor on September 28, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Count it!

/crr6

Good Lt on September 28, 2010 at 11:25 AM

House Dems being struck by intentional friendly fire.

Awesome!

BuckeyeSam on September 28, 2010 at 11:21 AM

No, the House Dems are bleeding on the battlefield and the calls for “MEDIC!” are going unreturned…. the Senators are stealing all the bandaids and IVs….

ted c on September 28, 2010 at 11:26 AM

I’m salivating for 11/2.

disa on September 28, 2010 at 11:01 AM

I’m really developing a blood lust.

blatantblue on September 28, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Sen. Reid to Pelosi,”Honey I shrunk the Giant Sequia money tree down to a wimpy Dwarf Willow.”

fourdeucer on September 28, 2010 at 11:26 AM

das Boat, das Boat … the War is lost.

tarpon on September 28, 2010 at 11:12 AM

tarpon:
============================================

Das Boot – Emergency dive scene-Alarm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVBPGZEVRH0

canopfor on September 28, 2010 at 11:27 AM

PA and MO are probably lost causes for the Democrats, who might have to start spending money on states like WV and (whodathunkit?) Connecticut!

Steve Z on September 28, 2010 at 11:24 AM

At this point, they’re going to be spending in WV, CT, NV, CA, and WA. PA and MO are definitely lost causes, as are incumbents in WI and AR.

With the Dems on the run, the Republicans could start spending in states like Oregon and New York to put pressure on Wyden, Gillibrand, and Schumer, possibly causing the Dems to spend money playing defense there as well.

teke184 on September 28, 2010 at 11:27 AM

I’m really developing a blood lust.

blatantblue on September 28, 2010 at 11:26 AM

blantantblue: Cougar Slayer comes to mind,(KIDDING):)

canopfor on September 28, 2010 at 11:28 AM

a voracious supernatural deity which, if left unfed, would have feasted on the souls of children

A near perfect description of the soon-to-be ex-Speaker of the House

VelvetElvis on September 28, 2010 at 11:29 AM

No, the House Dems are bleeding on the battlefield and the calls for “MEDIC!” are going unreturned…. the Senators are stealing all the bandaids and IVs….

ted c on September 28, 2010 at 11:26 AM

ted c: Ya,we have to vote first,to see whats in the Medics
bag!!:)

canopfor on September 28, 2010 at 11:30 AM

The “sweeping agenda” was too radical for mainstream America whose voters thought they, the idiot American voter who was suckered into thinking he had elected a fiscally responsible Congress in 2006 and a post-partisan moderate as President in 2008. Surprise!

FIFY

angryed on September 28, 2010 at 11:30 AM

October surprise? Democrats Hire M. Night Shyamalan to Direct Pre-election Media Strategy

Mervis Winter on September 28, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Mervis Winter: I have to chime in as well,thats thee most
perfect post and timely too,kudos MW:)

canopfor on September 28, 2010 at 11:31 AM

And speaking of idiot Americans…..Ras has Obama at 50% today.

angryed on September 28, 2010 at 11:32 AM

ted c: Ya,we have to vote first,to see whats in the Medics
bag!!:)

canopfor on September 28, 2010 at 11:30 AM

I’ve got an aid bag with a circle D-hole logo on it and it’s loaded with arsenic and cyanide and a few bandaids taken off of some lepers ….. that should be sufficient for them…

ted c on September 28, 2010 at 11:34 AM

disa on September 28, 2010 at 11:01 AM

blatantblue on September 28, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Five. More. Weeks.

Laura in Maryland on September 28, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Money can’t help you.

faraway on September 28, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Theres a Sh*t Hurricane brewing in November…………

Its really gonna hit the fan……………..

And soon…………….

Liberals will be covered in…..SH*T!!!(sarc).

canopfor on September 28, 2010 at 11:37 AM

canopfor on September 28, 2010 at 11:30 AM
===========================
I’ve got an aid bag with a circle D-hole logo on it and it’s loaded with arsenic and cyanide and a few bandaids taken off of some lepers ….. that should be sufficient for them…

ted c on September 28, 2010 at 11:34 AM

ted c: LOL,sounds like a plan maybe,bannish Team Left to a
former British Penal Colony,haha!!:)

canopfor on September 28, 2010 at 11:39 AM

O/T: Do any of you know where I can find out who the far-left organizers are of Joe Stewart’s rally? I have searched Glenn Beck’s site (he named them on a recent TV show) and everywhere I can think of. Thought maybe someone on here knew and could tell me. I would appreciate the info!

silvernana on September 28, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Five. More. Weeks.

Laura in Maryland on September 28, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Laura in Maryland:….to Sh*t day,er,crapo,I mean,
Voters Purge Day!!:)

canopfor on September 28, 2010 at 11:40 AM

canopfor on September 28, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Voters to DC:

E-NE-MA!
E-NE-MA!
E-NE-MA!

Can you hear us.

Laura in Maryland on September 28, 2010 at 11:48 AM

No, the House Dems are bleeding on the battlefield and the calls for “MEDIC!” are going unreturned…. the Senators are stealing all the bandaids and IVs….

ted c on September 28, 2010 at 11:26 AM

===========================================================
Aren’t they calling for a “corpseman”?

docflash on September 28, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Money can’t help you.

faraway on September 28, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Only straight jackets and padded cells will help. At least the rest of us would be spared.

Cody1991 on September 28, 2010 at 11:50 AM

How is it that Dems can understand the idea of scarcity when planning their campaign spending, but not when planning government intervention in the economy?

hawksruleva on September 28, 2010 at 11:51 AM

And that’s also the reason why the Democrats have an increasingly smaller universe of deep-pocketed donors.

Buck up, Dems! The Coffee Party stands ready to help you out! Beta males rock!

ya2daup on September 28, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Hey, Nazi Pelosi, astroturf my arse!!!!!!

Last time it was “the Redcoats are coming!!!”

This time it’s “We the People are coming, and we’re way pissed.”

I can see November from my house……

adamsmith on September 28, 2010 at 11:52 AM

How many of those doners don’t give money for ideological reasons, but just to buy influence?

They put their money where it will do the most good for themselves. That AIN’T with the Democrats in 2010.

kurtzz3 on September 28, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Aren’t they calling for a “corpseman”?

docflash on September 28, 2010 at 11:49 AM

heh! +2

the corpseman is going to come with the requisite number of body bags…..according to Dick Morris, he’s going to need 100 or more…..

killing fields.

ted c on September 28, 2010 at 11:55 AM

O/T: Do any of you know where I can find out who the far-left organizers are of Joe Stewart’s rally? I have searched Glenn Beck’s site (he named them on a recent TV show) and everywhere I can think of. Thought maybe someone on here knew and could tell me. I would appreciate the info!

silvernana on September 28, 2010 at 11:40 AM

silvernana: Try these!
========================================================

http://therallytorestoresanity.blogspot.com/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rally-To-Restore-Sanity-Satellite-Rallies/155558444474323?v=app_2373072738

Before You Attend Jon Stewart’s Rally, Read This from James Calvin Davis

Read more: http://blog.beliefnet.com/flunkingsainthood/2010/09/before-you-attend-jon-stewarts-rally-read-this-from-james-calvin-davis.html#ixzz10q92OjoR

http://www.keepfearalive.com/

canopfor on September 28, 2010 at 11:59 AM

canopfor on September 28, 2010 at 11:40 AM
Voters to DC:

E-NE-MA!
E-NE-MA!
E-NE-MA!

Can you hear us.

Laura in Maryland on September 28, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Laura in Maryland: Ya,thats a hoot,and Pelosi stars as
“Mommy Dearest”,ahem!:)

canopfor on September 28, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Five weeks to go, and it’s rather sad. My vote won’t be able to ‘pink slip’ any top state Dems since my Congressman is Wittman and my two Dem senators aren’t at the plate until 2012 and 2014. Maybe there’ll be some hopeful, local Dems on the slate that I can torpedo. Other than that, vote early then crank-out the popcorn for a joyous night of election results.

Bob in VA on September 28, 2010 at 12:04 PM

I think it’s funny when I hear Democrats complain about a lack of bipartisanship in Congress when it’s been there all along.

Opposition to Obama’s agenda has been bipartisan all along.

ButterflyDragon on September 28, 2010 at 12:05 PM

A bigger story?

Obama and Biden go on the “scold” trail.

Today’s stories are actually hilarious.

AnninCA on September 28, 2010 at 12:07 PM

O/T: Do any of you know where I can find out who the far-left organizers are of Joe Stewart’s rally?

silvernana on September 28, 2010 at 11:40 AM

silvernana: I sent you four links about 3 times,and theres
a posting,”moderation” SNAFU I think!

canopfor on September 28, 2010 at 12:08 PM

I can hear November from my window.

Bevan on September 28, 2010 at 12:18 PM

One House Democratic fundraiser said that some Senate operatives are telling big donors and union officials, “The House is lost; you have to save the Senate.”

Absolutely. Priceless.

tom on September 28, 2010 at 12:21 PM

canopfor on September 28, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Thank you so much for this information, and for your time to look it up and post it. I need it to thrash some liberals with!

silvernana on September 28, 2010 at 12:36 PM

canopfor on September 28, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Sorry I was so long acknowledging your info – I’ve been getting ready to go to the hospital for an out-patient procedure shortly, and have been hitting the computer in my spare moments. Many thanks again!

silvernana on September 28, 2010 at 12:40 PM

silvernana on September 28, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Good Luck on your procedure!

dhunter on September 28, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Help me with the math here. Isn’t having 58 Democrats in the Senate an eight seat majority, not eighteen?

Kafir on September 28, 2010 at 1:38 PM

In a shortage economy, rationing forces some hard choices… and the desperation for dollars has them competing not against Republicans but each other.

So Obamacare brings Death panels after all.

paul1149 on September 28, 2010 at 1:40 PM

And these are the people we’re worried about a having a Super-Fantastic Lame Duck session? I’ve said all along, it’ll be a circular firing squad – “Everybody on three; 1,2,3, fire!”

PatMac on September 28, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Awww, come on…buck up ‘lil buckeroos! Don’t be irresponsible and apathetic!

scalleywag on September 28, 2010 at 2:24 PM

“The House is lost; you have to save the Senate.”

Dip that in some puddin’, chumps.

DaBeesKnees on September 28, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Just remember, Dems, according to one of your very own, John “Botox Rex The Ketchup King”, it’s not your fault you’re all going to soon experience the untold joys of unemployment and forced retirement!

It’s those ill-informed VOTERS fault!!!!

Yeah, blame us! You schmucks!

pilamaye on September 28, 2010 at 3:53 PM

I suggest a New American Values Voter Pledge:

I, ____________________, will never again vote for any Democrat candidate for any office, whatsoever.

I will not fail to vote in each and every election, legally and honestly, so long as I shall live.

I will do all in my power to support honest and fair elections.

etaoinshrdlu on September 28, 2010 at 7:20 PM