Dem leaders cut ad funding for three more lost causes in the House

posted at 9:13 pm on October 11, 2010 by Allahpundit

Nate Silver noted yesterday that the number of competitive House seats this year is fully double the usual number (and remember, the last two cycles were wave elections in their own right.) Which means there’s going to be a lot of stories like this over the next three weeks. And I promise you, every last one of them will be fun, fun, fun.

As Republicans made new investments in at least 10 races across the country, including two Democratic seats here in eastern Ohio, Democratic leaders took steps to pull out of some races entirely or dramatically cut their financial commitment in several districts that the party won in the last two election cycles.

Representatives Steve Driehaus of Ohio, Suzanne Kosmas of Florida and Kathy Dahlkemper of Pennsylvania were among the Democrats who learned that they would no longer receive the same infusion of television advertising that party leaders had promised. Party strategists conceded that these races and several others were slipping out of reach…

The National Republican Congressional Committee, the party’s election arm in the House, can afford to make the new investments because the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a host of newly-formed political organizations have come to the aid of Republican candidates who have far less money than the Democratic incumbents.

That’s the Times’s way of telling you why Democrats can’t stop screeching about the Chamber et al. It’s not because they’re funneling shady money from foreign donors into campaigns; it’s because, as has been noted repeatedly this year, the Democrats are getting destroyed by conservative outside groups. Their only defense at this point is to smear them and hope that voters pay enough attention that they’ll instinctively recoil from any ad that carries the Chamber’s name at the end. It ain’t much, but it’s all they’ve got. As for the Dems named in the excerpt, anyone remember Suzanne Kosmas? She was a holdout on ObamaCare but ended up voting yes after she and The One had a chat about protecting NASA jobs in her district. That was her price, and she took it. And now they’re pulling the plug on her until the final week of the campaign.

Speaking of desperation, according to James Carville’s polling firm, Democrats are now so weak that blaming Bush actually costs them a few points among voters. Why? Simple: Economically, invoking Bush actually makes people nostalgic for the not-so-distant past. So they’ve officially got nothing to excite voters now, aside of course from Chamber-bashing. Oh, and this. Click the image to watch.


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Watch out for NC-13. Brad “Death Threat” Miller will go down.

SouthernGent on October 11, 2010 at 9:17 PM

just heard biden was in pitzbg for fndrser: only 45 attended.

reliapundit on October 11, 2010 at 9:18 PM

Oh, and this.

I`d get a more worthwhile prize from under a soda cap. Last Dem, hit the lights on your way out.

ThePrez on October 11, 2010 at 9:18 PM

Also RCP average highest for Rs.

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2010 at 9:19 PM

Oh, and this.

Great, perfect. I will be donating right now/S

Gracelynn on October 11, 2010 at 9:19 PM

http://www.blrag.com/williams-world/2010/10/11/the-anti-obama-shift-continues.html

Is Jessie Jackson Jr on the list ? He is facing Shaft.

William Amos on October 11, 2010 at 9:20 PM

Representatives Steve Driehaus of Ohio, Suzanne Kosmas of Florida and Kathy Dahlkemper of Pennsylvania were among the Democrats who learned that they would no longer receive the same infusion of television advertising that party leaders had promised.

ObamaCare? Yes, yes, and yes.
Eat it.

Marcus on October 11, 2010 at 9:21 PM

Allah, I can’t remember ever seeing you so ebullient…giddy, even. You’re turning from eeyore to Pollyanna. :)

Bob's Kid on October 11, 2010 at 9:21 PM

This is the Republican Party’s last chance to govern.

Repeat it over and over.

rickyricardo on October 11, 2010 at 9:22 PM

She was a holdout on ObamaCare but ended up voting yes after she and The One had a chat about protecting NASA jobs in her district. That was her price, and she took it. And now they’re pulling the plug on her until the final week of the campaign.

Hmmm, wasn’t there a quote from Animal House? Something about, “You f—— up! You trusted us!”?

Tough nuts, Suzanne…You trusted Pelosi and The One…

Wethal on October 11, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Hah “donate now and win a trip to meet Obama”. Who wants to meet the Narcissist of them all, the Cash for Clunkers pimp? He might make you poor by association. Stay put. You’re better off.

Read Halperin’s article. He nailed his chocolate ars good…one of his own, and intellectual…it’s come to this.

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2010 at 9:24 PM

I predict the winner of the date with Obama will be Asore Chicken.

GnuBreed on October 11, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Like marching a train of burros down to the bottom of a deep canyon…

abobo on October 11, 2010 at 9:24 PM

I hereby invoke Winston Wolf.

Seriously, this election, as tasty as it seems it will be, is only the beginning if we want truly change the direction we take government. We have to keep up the intensity and activism for the foreseeable future.

Do you want to make the same mistake that the Dems did in 2008? Then expect this one election to change things forever. It’s only a start.

JeffWeimer on October 11, 2010 at 9:25 PM

And now they’re pulling the plug on her…

How many times have I said that they eat their own? The message here is that the party cannot trust the candidate and you can plainly see that any candidate that could trust the party is a fool.

ericdijon on October 11, 2010 at 9:27 PM

On Long Island Tim Bishop (D-Hamptons) isn’t running as a Democrat or even as a member of Congress. His ads never mention ANYTHING he’s done or any bill he’s supported. His ads simply say he is a “candidate for Congress.” In other words, he’s running as a stealth outsider. A sort of Tea Party member without the tea or the party.

Fred 2 on October 11, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Guy who lives down the street owned a roofing company. During the Bush era, he bought the house, tore it down and completely remodeled it from the cement foundation up.

It currently stands empty. Foreclosure signs on the front door. Obama. Chains we can believe in.

kurtzz3 on October 11, 2010 at 9:29 PM

I’m lovin it

:)

cmsinaz on October 11, 2010 at 9:30 PM

Representatives Steve Driehaus of Ohio, Suzanne Kosmas of Florida and Kathy Dahlkemper of Pennsylvania were among the Democrats who learned that they would no longer receive the same infusion of television advertising that party leaders had promised. (emphasis added)

I live in the district to the east of Driehaus’s district. He represents the middle of Cincinnati going west to Indiana. He’s bordered on the north by Boehner’s district. His opponent, Steve Chabot, isn’t exactly Mr. Excitement, but he’d never have voted for the stimulus, Obamacare (Driehaus was part of the Stupak stooges), and cap-and-trade. Driehaus is the biggest weasel, and I’m delighted to see him go down.

Nice to see Dahlkemper going down too.

BuckeyeSam on October 11, 2010 at 9:35 PM

dude…this is great, I am really going to love the next three weeks. these guys are literally flaming out in front of us…

ted c on October 11, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Why? Simple: Economically, invoking Bush actually makes people nostalgic for the not-so-distant past. So they’ve officially got nothing to excite voters now,

they have officially ridden this bush bash meme for more than it is worth….

this is utterly hilarious.

ted c on October 11, 2010 at 9:39 PM

Oh, and this.

ugh…kool-aid drinkers are going to be peeing in their pants

cmsinaz on October 11, 2010 at 9:39 PM

Oh, and this.

kool-aid drinkers are going to be peeing in their pants for this one…

cmsinaz on October 11, 2010 at 9:40 PM

sorry for the double post…odd

cmsinaz on October 11, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Please please please come to the aid of Rossi in WA.

John the Libertarian on October 11, 2010 at 9:40 PM

is it just me, or does it feel like those few days along the coast right before a hurricane comes ashore, when its really humid and hot and you can tell something is going to happen but you just don’t know how bad it’s going to be??… I feel like the political equivalent of windows getting nailed down, people checking flashlights, getting gas and milk n’ such…it’s really weir.d

ted c on October 11, 2010 at 9:41 PM

Which means there’s going to be a lot of stories like this over the next three weeks. And I promise you, every last one of them will be fun, fun, fun.

dude, this is like being a kid in the midwest and there’s like a foot of snow expected in the next few days! oh YES! i can’t wait!

ted c on October 11, 2010 at 9:42 PM

In Utah you would never know that Jim Matheson who is running to retain his seat is a dem. No where is there a sign, a name anything. He never mentions washington or the pres or nancy. If you remember obama appointed his brother as a federal judge just before the health care vote. There was such an outrage that Matheson did not announce his vote until they were sure obama had the votes so matheson could vote “No”. He even brings his father into his add, and he was a great guy, certainly that is one reason jim got in in the first place. BUT HE VOTED FOR NANCY! We don’t need another dem to vote for her and for obama.

Bambi on October 11, 2010 at 9:43 PM

anyone remember Suzanne Kosmas? She was a holdout on ObamaCare but ended up voting yes after she and The One had a chat about protecting NASA jobs in her district. That was her price, and she took it. And now they’re pulling the plug on her until the final week of the campaign.

Do you think the Dems have learned anything from their experiences with Nancy, Harry and Barry?

disa on October 11, 2010 at 9:43 PM

Are they still funding the zeros pal down here in New Orleans running against that little weasel joseph ‘hurt feelings’ cao? This may be there only win?

lukespapa on October 11, 2010 at 9:44 PM

ted c on October 11, 2010 at 9:41 PM

stocking up on popcorn myself :)

cmsinaz on October 11, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Dahlkemper was one of the grandstanding Stupak gang who sold out the country and her constituents by caving and kowtowing on Obamacare in exchange for a piece of paper and an attaboy from Barry. At least they did us all a service by laying to rest the myth of the pro-life Democrat. Ole Kathy is still trying to defiantly claim her pro-life bona fides to the end. Perhaps she does have a shadow of a conscience, but she didn’t use it when she mattered. Good riddance.

obladioblada on October 11, 2010 at 9:50 PM

Oh no, those people in the video, they didn’t just drink the kool-aide they sniffed it.

tinkerthinker on October 11, 2010 at 9:52 PM

Ooooof….that was a sad crowd, no fainters or women swooning in ecstasy; how the mighty have fallen.

Bishop on October 11, 2010 at 9:56 PM

As for the Dems named in the excerpt, anyone remember Suzanne Kosmas? She was a holdout on ObamaCare but ended up voting yes after she and The One had a chat about protecting NASA jobs in her district. That was her price, and she took it.

Did Kosmas insist that her district be pivotal in NASA’s outreach to Muslims?

BuckeyeSam on October 11, 2010 at 10:02 PM

Steve Chabot is the Republican candidate running against Democrat Rep. Steve Driehaus in Ohio’s 1st Congressional District.

http://www.stevechabot.com/

Sandy Adams is the Republican candidate who is running against Democrat Rep. Suzanne Kosmas in Florida’s 24th Congressional District.

http://www.sandyadams.com/

Mike Kelly is the Republican candidate who is running against Democrat Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper in Pennsylvania’s 3rd Congressional District.

http://www.mikekellyforcongress.com/

If you live in or near these districts, please let us all know what you think of these Republican candidates.

wren on October 11, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Wow! He looks so…so….so precedential in that video. Proud, proud I tell you to call that man leader of the free world. (Do I need a sarc tag?)

Oh, and this

$1200 eh, I’ll bet for another thousand he’ll sit down at your table and eat some steak…if you pay for it.

Oldnuke on October 11, 2010 at 10:03 PM

From Erick at RedState news on House/Senate:

BREAKING: DSCC Sending Reinforcements to Delaware for Coons

Is the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee a bit concerned about the potential impact of the Tea Party in Delaware or have the Democrats completely written off Carol Shea-Porter running for New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District?

I ask because the Democrats have sent the lady who was on the ground running operations for Carol Shea-Porter’s congressional bid to Delaware to be the Field Director for Chris Coons canvassing operation.

INC on October 11, 2010 at 10:08 PM

greta just held Joe Miller’s head to the mat for a good ten minutes and battered him with questions. It was a great interview and he came out of it shining.

ted c on October 11, 2010 at 10:11 PM

Allah, I can’t remember ever seeing you so ebullient…giddy, even. You’re turning from eeyore to Pollyanna. :)

Bob’s Kid on October 11, 2010 at 9:21 PM

He’s just getting pumped about bringing the humpbot out of hibernation……Hope you got plenty of extra batteries AP:-)

huskerdiva on October 11, 2010 at 10:13 PM

Cook updated Franks v Bielat to likely rather than solid. Bielat has a real shot here.

lorien1973 on October 11, 2010 at 10:17 PM

He’s just getting pumped about bringing the humpbot out of hibernation……Hope you got plenty of extra batteries AP:-)

huskerdiva on October 11, 2010 at 10:13 PM

he better be spending his mornings doing the mod squad job on that thing and trick’n it out with a turbocharger and some nitrous….he’s going to need it. HotAir better have like forty extra servers wired up for election night.

ted c on October 11, 2010 at 10:19 PM

Is Jessie Jackson Jr on the list ? He is facing ShaftGandolf Fitch.

William Amos on October 11, 2010 at 9:20 PM

Richard Roundtree was Shaft.

Lanceman on October 11, 2010 at 10:22 PM

Well, let’s allow AP and Ed to feel elated about this election. They both had a lot to do with getting out the vote and getting the message across. Well done guys.

jeanie on October 11, 2010 at 10:23 PM

I have never,ever seen a political party overplay their hand as badly as the Dems and their narcissistic president have. Nov. 2nd will be the the outlet for months of frustration for average Americans. You ain’t seen nothin’ yet! It will be glorious.

kingsjester on October 11, 2010 at 10:24 PM

BUT HE VOTED FOR NANCY! We don’t need another dem to vote for her and for obama.

Bambi on October 11, 2010 at 9:43 PM

Utah dumped Bennett but they are considering keeping Matheson? For Pete’s sake! Come on Utah, what are you thinking?

petunia on October 11, 2010 at 10:26 PM

Richard Roundtree was Shaft.

Lanceman on October 11, 2010 at 10:22 PM

And Issac Hayes wrote the theme song for the Shaft movie..:)

Dire Straits on October 11, 2010 at 10:27 PM

Watch out for NC-13. Brad “Death Threat” Miller will go down.

SouthernGent on October 11, 2010 at 9:17 PM

Lord, I hope so! Only Barney Frank going down would nake me happier. Miller is a socialist tool, in the pocket of ACORN.

rockmom on October 11, 2010 at 10:27 PM

Memories, nothing but memories. Wish I was making the money I made during the Bush years.

Btw, anyone know the chances of a Donna Campbell upset over Doggett in TX? I don’t want to hold my breath and yet I see articulate like this and think, my God, the woman has a chance!

libertyb4wealth on October 11, 2010 at 10:28 PM

the only thing that could make it worse for the dems is if Mitt went out and campaigned for them…

unseen on October 11, 2010 at 10:29 PM

Perhaps she does have a shadow of a conscience, but she didn’t use it when she mattered. Good riddance.

obladioblada on October 11, 2010 at 9:50 PM

One big lesson learned: there is no such thing as a moderate Democrat. They all hate this country and would kill your baby if you let them close. They say what they say to get elected, they have no intention of standing for good.

petunia on October 11, 2010 at 10:30 PM

get out there and help in your house race. bumper stickers, yard signs, calls, gotv, knock on doors. The more we do the bigger the wave….donate money if you got it…

unseen on October 11, 2010 at 10:30 PM

I ask because the Democrats have sent the lady who was on the ground running operations for Carol Shea-Porter’s congressional bid to Delaware to be the Field Director for Chris Coons canvassing operation

.
This New Hampshirite is glad she’s gone and will be even happier when Shea-Porter is history too.

jeanie on October 11, 2010 at 10:31 PM

So he doesn’t play Hail to the Chief anymore? Why, does it remind people that he actually is in charge of this debacle?

PattyJ on October 11, 2010 at 10:35 PM

have the Democrats completely written off Carol Shea-Porter running for New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District?
INC on October 11, 2010 at 10:08 PM

Thank you INC! It is always good to hear about more Congressional Democrats who may be in trouble!

Frank Guinta is the Republican candidate who is running against Democrat Rep. Carol Shea-Porter in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District.

Learn more about Frank Guinta at his campaign website:

http://www.teamguinta.com/

If you live in New Hampshire, please let us all know what you think of Frank Guinta.

wren on October 11, 2010 at 10:36 PM

I have never,ever seen a political party overplay their hand as badly as the Dems and their narcissistic president have. Nov. 2nd will be the the outlet for months of frustration for average Americans. You ain’t seen nothin’ yet! It will be glorious.

kingsjester on October 11, 2010 at 10:24 PM

They did not overplay their hand, their leadership simply knew they had a small window to ram their socialism down America’s throat. They are simply dedicated to the cause to the point of temporarily sacrificing their majority for control in the long-term.

True_King on October 11, 2010 at 10:44 PM

Oh, and this.
“Dems: Donate now and win a trip to meet Obama!”

.
“Double your donation and win a trip NOT to meet him!”

mrt721 on October 11, 2010 at 10:46 PM

So they’re pulling support for Dems, who could be bribed for a vote?

Sounds like a lot of Obama supporters who voted for the doof. They lap up everything the Dems throw at them, fully believing their clap trap. What makes them think they aren’t going to pull the same crap on the rest of us?

If they can do it to one of their own in Congress, they can do it to the average citizen.

capejasmine on October 11, 2010 at 10:47 PM

And Issac Hayes wrote the theme song for the Shaft movie..:)

Dire Straits on October 11, 2010 at 10:27 PM

Yes, he sang it, but he was best known for hangin’ out with Rockfish.

Lanceman on October 11, 2010 at 10:47 PM

http://www.blrag.com/williams-world/2010/10/11/the-anti-obama-shift-continues.html

Is Jessie Jackson Jr on the list ? He is facing Shaft.

William Amos on October 11, 2010 at 9:20 PM

The government teat-sucking imbeciles around here would vote for a toaster if it had a ‘D’ in front of it name on the ballot.
Hayes(not the actor. LoL) is giving Triple J his biggest challenge yet-but I don’t see him prevailing on 11/2.

annoyinglittletwerp on October 11, 2010 at 10:52 PM

jeanie & wren!

Hi, what happened to the Granite State? We lived there for almost ten years and left about seven years ago. I never thought it would turn purple. I hope to see change there! :-)

INC on October 11, 2010 at 11:05 PM

Btw, anyone know the chances of a Donna Campbell upset over Doggett in TX? I don’t want to hold my breath and yet I see articulate like this and think, my God, the woman has a chance!

libertyb4wealth on October 11, 2010 at 10:28 PM

I’m in Austin and I’m just now seeing a few Campbell signs in the area. I don’t know, somehow her campaign just doesn’t seem very high profile. I doubt many people even know Doggett has a challenger.

Anything can happen, though – remember Doggett got unexpectedly confronted by angry constituents a couple of times early in the Obamacare battle. That really surprised me, to see that in Austin.

Missy on October 11, 2010 at 11:07 PM

… Suzanne Kosmas? She was a holdout on ObamaCare but ended up voting yes after she and The One had a chat about protecting NASA jobs in her district. That was her price, and she took it. And now they’re pulling the plug on her

Kind of ironic, eh? She voted for the program that, if left to stand, will be pulling the plug on many of us.

AZfederalist on October 11, 2010 at 11:10 PM

Missy on October 11, 2010 at 11:07 PM

I would love to see Dogett and Chet Edwards go down. My congressman is Joe Barton so I have no worry, and live close enough to the Chet Edward’s district to know even RealClear Politics is painting it red. My parents live in Lakeway and just vote straight Republican anyway – which I hope is enough to put Dogett away this time. Who’s more motivated to get to the polls – the anti-Dogett voter. I hope.

Marcus on October 11, 2010 at 11:20 PM

Dems would be better off offering to win a trip to meet GWB.

WoosterOh on October 12, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Anyone in CA know Dave Harmon? I think in the 11th district which is near san fran. He needs your vote if you live there.
Bennett lost in the repub caucus. Unfortunately, there are many dems especially in the Salt Lake area who will vote against repub even if they had to vote for hitler. Bennett’s son is working for the dem(who would’ve run against his dad, if he had won) so I hope he never thinks he can run in the repub party after this. Funny – this revenge!

Bambi on October 12, 2010 at 12:17 AM

Please please please come to the aid of Rossi in WA.

John the Libertarian on October 11, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Still waiting for my yard sign for Rossi out across the Narrows! Am a PierceCountyTeaParty.com organizer. Bided was here on Fri stumping for Murray in Tacoma AND old Bill Clinton will be at Paine Field on the 18th, Michelle o. on the 25th in Seattle. The News Tribune today now has Little o
coming back on the 21st at the UW Hec Edmunson bldg in Seattle. I guess the float plane wans’t enough for him on Aug 17th. Was hoping he got all Wee Weed up after that little float plane scared him and wouldn’t want to come back BUT it seems Murray is in real trouble and so all this attention. Go Rossi! Go Doug Cloud too!! Doug is running against Norm Dicks in the 6th district, He’s a really nice man and very capable to take over Dick’s office.

sweet pea on October 12, 2010 at 12:18 AM

Anyone in CA know Dave Harmon? I think in the 11th district which is near san fran. He needs your vote if you live there.

Bambi on October 12, 2010 at 12:17 AM

Republican David Harmer is running against Democrat Rep. Jerry McNerney in California’s 11th Congressional District (in the East Bay).

This is an exciting race where a California Republican actually has a good chance to win!

Democrat Jerry McNerney won his election to Congress in 2006 in a District that had historically been Republican.
McNerney defeated Republican Rep. Richard Pombo 53.3% to 46.7% which is pretty close in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Republicans throughout the Bay Area are actively volunteering for David Harmer’s campaign since this is such a HOT race!

You can learn more about David Harmer at his campaign website:

http://www.harmerforcongress.com/

If you want to hear a truly INSPIRING speech about the importance of this election, watch David Harmer’s Campaign Kickoff speech:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nm1sO-irZbA

wren on October 12, 2010 at 1:15 AM

Funny – this revenge!

Bambi on October 12, 2010 at 12:17 AM

That is so sad! I can’t imagine Bennet behaving like that! Pride is a terrible thing.

petunia on October 12, 2010 at 1:19 AM

Can we now call them the Donner Party?

Ha!

NoDonkey on October 12, 2010 at 4:32 AM

SEIU has a new standard for pay increases…they are paying bonuses on decibels.
The louder you yell, the more you are paid.

right2bright on October 12, 2010 at 8:03 AM

which I hope is enough to put Dogett away this time. Who’s more motivated to get to the polls – the anti-Dogett voter. I hope.

Marcus on October 11, 2010 at 11:20 PM

That’s what I’m hoping too. Major turnout for the anti-Doggett vote!

Missy on October 12, 2010 at 8:06 AM

I am working hard for Ilario Pantano here in Wilmington, NC, 7 district.
He is upsetting Mike McIntyre (D), long time congressman, and holding onto a seat that has been democrat for over 100 years, 100 years.
You may recognize Pantano, he was charged with murder in Afghan for taking out some rebels, all of his men backed him except one guy, who wasn’t on the scene. Murtha made a big deal out of it, calling him a murderer, before the trial, which never happened, all charges were dropped and dismissed.
He was double digits behind, and is now 1 or 2% ahead.
Anything you can donate, or just a shout out saying you are supporting a true American hero, two “jaunts” over to Afghan, and taking one for his men.
Pantano
Even a note saying you are supporting him, helps during these critical final weeks…

right2bright on October 12, 2010 at 8:11 AM

Very instructive as to where the Won the “Cousin Eddie” president goes for adoration when the chips are down.

In order to find his fawning masses he goes to Madison WI where I’m sure the students got extra credit for attending, Detroit, Philly, Vegas where the Unions will be given time off and bused in otherwise he couldn’t fill a gym In conneticut or a backyard in Des Moines!

dhunter on October 12, 2010 at 10:38 AM