DSCC: On second thought, maybe we’ll work on Landrieu’s runoff campaign

posted at 1:01 pm on November 8, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

This week, the DSCC announced that it would pull the ad time in Louisiana that the organization had reserved for the Senate runoff, leaving incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu to her own devices against Republican challenger Bill Cassidy. After coming under withering criticism from fellow Democrats, the DSCC has reversed course … a little. The ad time is still canceled, but DSCC chair Sen. Michael Bennet announced late yesterday that the committee would organize a “money bomb” event for Landrieu’s campaign:

After getting criticism by Democrats for cancelling advertising reservations for the Dec. 6 Louisiana Senate runoff, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee says it is now raising funds for a “moneybomb” to support Sen.Mary Landrieu, D-La. …

Sen. Michael Benett, D-Colo., chair of the DSCC, said in an email to Democrats that the group will indeed be active in Louisiana. “Today, I’m joining with colleagues and allies around the country to give Mary’s team the resources they need for a 30-day dash to the finish,” Benett wrote. “Help us get out the vote in Louisiana — join our moneybomb and support Mary today… Mary’s spent her career reaching across the aisle to build coalitions and find solutions — we need her back in the Senate.”

Bennet may have been moved to get formally involved after two losing Democrats began to publicly organize to raise funds for Landrieu. Kay Hagan and Alison Lundergan Grimes began contacting their donors to get them involved in the Louisiana runoff, something that other Democrats thought the DSCC should have been doing all along:

Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) have sent fundraising e-mails on behalf of Landrieu, who has — for now, at least, — been effectively abandoned by her national party, which lost control of the Senate on Tuesday.

“Mary Landrieu is the type of leader that puts aside partisanship and works for people. We need people like her fighting for us in Washington – that’s why we need to stand with her to make sure she wins her runoff,” writes Grimes in a fundraising e-mail sent Friday.

The e-mail links to a donation page hosted by the liberal PAC ActBlue. “Join the nationwide moneybomb now and help raise $150,000 by Friday, November 7,” the page says.

similar e-mail was also sent out by Hagan.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee pulled back its ad reservation in Louisiana at a time when Landrieu can use all the help she can get against Rep. Bill Casdidy. Pre-election polls showed Cassidy has the upper hand heading into Dec. 6. The National Republican Senatorial Committee has vowed to support him as needed.

Bennet and the DSCC likely pulled the ad time because of a lack of funds. In the waning days of the campaign, the DSCC took out a $10 million loan in a futile attempt to head off the Republican wave. They also got a late cash infusion from the DNC of $1.5 million, with pledges of another $5 million by Tuesday. The DSCC had collected $6.5 million in the first two weeks of October alone.

And … no one put aside any cash for a Louisiana runoff? The runoff for Landrieu was a dead certainty; most also expected that Georgia would require a runoff to settle as well. Yet the DSCC appears to have ended up empty-handed on Wednesday. Where did the cash go? Did Bennet and his team ever plan ahead to remain competitive in Louisiana with the certainty of having a longer fight there to protect a Democratic incumbent, or in Georgia for a potential runoff to pick up a seat from the GOP? (The NRSC had put aside over $3 million for the runoff by September, while the DSCC planned to spend nearly $8 million before Election Day.) If all that money had saved two or three swing seats, then maybe Bennet could have explained that failure in strategic planning, but the DSCC failed to save almost every incumbent in a competitive race, excepting only Jeanne Shaheen and Mark Warner, whose race wasn’t supposed to be competitive in the first place.

Bennet, by the way, will have to defend his own seat in 2016 in a suddenly red-tilting Colorado. Perhaps Democrats might wonder whether the DSCC should spend a lot of time defending his seat if Bennet’s DSCC can’t plan ahead better than this.

Another reason the DSCC may have suddenly decided to get involved again is the outcome of leaving Landrieu to her own devices. A Twitter attack on Cassidy blew up in her face:

Landrieu was so enamored of her hashtag campaign that she used her dwindling funds to make campaign signs out of the attack, even as it backfired on her. The hashtag itself appears to have more critics than supporters, and not many responses of either in any case. Nonetheless, Landrieu’s campaign also launched a Twitter account for the slogan, but Cassidy’s link reminds voters that he was on the ground helping people. Was Landrieu?

“We had no way to predict what people coming out of New Orleans were going to need. My physician group didn’t have emergency preparedness responsibilities, so we made a lot of this stuff up as we went along.

The old K Mart we were to use had been abandoned for about eight years. It was filthy. There was no electricity, no air conditioning and no windows.

We had doctors and nurses step up to design the facility. I asked my friend the insurance guy to be the volunteer coordinator because insurance guys always know everyone. Around 150 people from two churches showed up with mops and brooms to help clean. An electrician got the power up in 24 hours. We created four to five wards holding 30 cots each.

Trucks arrived with $5 million worth of medical supplies, but no packing lists were included. We had I.V. bags but no poles. We had cots but no crash cart. Our volunteers found EKG machines, printers–someone even got a new Honda delivered. Physicians showed up from as far away as Iowa. By the time patients arrived, we had beds, lights, generators, computers and volunteers to play with children, provide transportation and reconnect families.

We saw fatigue, dehydration, emotional trauma and illnesses like diabetes and asthma made worse by the patients’ experience. The shelters wouldn’t take newborns, so we took mamas and their babies. It was the most amazing thing. We never got the volume we braced for, but we were ready–in 26 hours.”

That’s a pretty amazing story, actually. Good of Landrieu to ask, but her runoff campaign is looking like even more of a clown show than her general-election effort.


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As AP likes to say on Twitter: Clown show, bro.

SAZMD on November 8, 2014 at 1:05 PM

While we’re on the subject of Senate elections- what the heck is holding up the Alaska results?

Bat Chain Puller on November 8, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Let them pour more money down the drain. Miss Piggy’s days are numbered. Good riddance to bad trash.

Kaffa on November 8, 2014 at 1:08 PM

They need to ask the Daily Kos people to contribute.

wifarmboy on November 8, 2014 at 1:08 PM

So what are the odds of Landrieu actually winning? After 2012, I take NOTHING for granted, so this is a race I will worry about until its over.

Jack_Burton on November 8, 2014 at 1:09 PM

The GOP needs to win this run-off badly. It’s not a matter of having one more seat than needed today, it’s a matter of having a much needed seat in 2016 or 2018 in the pocket to keep a majority. Hopefully the pre-election polling holds and Cassidy wins the run-off.

lymond on November 8, 2014 at 1:09 PM

While we’re on the subject of Senate elections- what the heck is holding up the Alaska results?

Bat Chain Puller on November 8, 2014 at 1:05 PM

As I understand it the dim candidate is waiting for the Eskimo vote to get to town via dogsled before conceding.

Kaffa on November 8, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Best news on this the commies are sending Wendy Davis to ?? “Help”.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 8, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Cassidy better quit appearing on TV and get with it.

Don’t take this for granted. YOU are warned.

She is an absolute viper who MUST be Blanche Lincolned.

Make her wish come true!!!

But, don’t think it’s a given.

Schadenfreude on November 8, 2014 at 1:12 PM

I hope the DSCC borrows a billion dollars for her campaign. Go big, get union money, put ALL of your money into her campaign.The sit back and watch the Republican win. Hahahaha!! You Democrats will never learn, your a bunch of fools.

gregory a shirk on November 8, 2014 at 1:12 PM

While we’re on the subject of Senate elections- what the heck is holding up the Alaska results?

The Dems have to “find” the lost ballots.

Techster64 on November 8, 2014 at 1:12 PM

It will be interesting to see what sort of desperate smear campaign they will devise next.

NeoKong on November 8, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Mary’s spent her career reaching across the aisle to build coalitions and find solutions

Oh brother.

Cicero43 on November 8, 2014 at 1:22 PM

While we’re on the subject of Senate elections- what the heck is holding up the Alaska results?

Bat Chain Puller on November 8, 2014 at 1:05 PM

About 664,400 square miles of rugged terrain to retrieve paper ballots from.

FNH57 on November 8, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Dems answer to everything: more money!
Go for it. May they lose everything before she loses everything.

leftamark on November 8, 2014 at 1:23 PM

We really need this seat, I hope she fails…

OmahaConservative on November 8, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Kay Hagan and Alison Lundergan Grimes began contacting their donors to get them involved in the Louisiana runoff, something that other Democrats thought the DSCC should have been doing all along…

One kicked-out incumbent and one loser wannabe trying to get Landrieu re-elected…how sad is THAT!

Smell the desperation…feel the apathy…sense the butthurt…

Newtie and the Beauty on November 8, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Landrieu is one of the more conservative Democrats in the U.S. Senate.[72][73][74] The American Conservative Union rated Landrieu as 40% conservative in 2007, which was the highest score of any sitting Democrat and higher than the scores of two Republicans.[75] As of 2012, her lifetime rating is 21%,[76] which is the fourth highest rating among Democrats in the Senate.[77] For 2012 votes, National Journal ranked Landrieu as the 47th-most conservative member of the Senate, while the Times-Picayune found that she voted in support of President Obama’s positions 97% of the time.[78] She is a member of the New Democrat Coalition.
Abortion

Landrieu supports abortion rights. She has a 100% rating from the pro-choice group NARAL[79] and a 0% rating from the pro-life group Louisiana Right to Life Federation.[80]
Energy

Landrieu did vote to confirm Gina McCarthy as the administrator of the EPA[81] Landrieu supports the Keystone Pipeline and has called for President Obama to approve its construction.[72]
Guns

Landrieu has a “C” rating from the National Rifle Association.[82] The NRA has endorsed her opponent.[83]
Internet sales tax

Landrieu voted in favor of an Internet sales tax.[84]
Obamacare

Landrieu voted for Obamacare.[85] When asked by reporters in 2013, Sen. Landrieu said that she would vote for it again if she were given a chance.[86]
Same-sex marriage

Landrieu personally supports same-sex marriage, but defends the state’s constitutional ban on the institution since the people of Louisiana voted for it.[87]

This is one of the more conservative Democrats in the U.S. Senate???

OmahaConservative on November 8, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Just watched a segment on FoxInTheHenHouse with both the host and a commie open borders loon doing the msm bully “amesty or nothing” deal.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 8, 2014 at 1:30 PM

I hope that Wendy goes to help her out.

what the heck is holding up the Alaska results?

Bat Chain Puller on November 8, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Last time Begich was behind by 4,000 and recovered to win, with the votes from the Eskimos and other assorted leftists.

This time his opponent’s lead is way bigger but the fools keep hoping. Next will it will officially end.

Schadenfreude on November 8, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Next will week it will officially end.

Schadenfreude on November 8, 2014 at 1:35 PM

This is one of the more conservative Democrats in the U.S. Senate???

OmahaConservative on November 8, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Right in line with the more liberal Republicans, whom we all know.

leftamark on November 8, 2014 at 1:35 PM

This ‘Where Was Bill?” thing was an epic failure.

She’s toast….she was toast before this….

BigWyo on November 8, 2014 at 1:37 PM

The ad time is still canceled, but DSCC chair Sen. Michael Bennet announced late yesterday that the committee would organize a “money bomb” event for Landrieu’s campaign:

In other words, the DSCC sez:

“OK, all you self-righteous fruitloops, if you think that Landrieu can win, you throw YOUR money at her.”

Hard to blame them.

TimesUp on November 8, 2014 at 1:37 PM

This ‘Where Was Bill?” thing was an epic failure.

BigWyo on November 8, 2014 at 1:37 PM

It almost always is.

Rhetorical questions don’t make great campaign slogans.

TimesUp on November 8, 2014 at 1:39 PM

maybe they should think about it a third time…

listens2glenn on November 8, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Come on HA, that picture is way too good and old.

Here’s Landrieu now.

Schadenfreude on November 8, 2014 at 1:43 PM

While we’re on the subject of Senate elections- what the heck is holding up the Alaska results?

I read that it’s because they don’t tally the early vote and absentee ballots till this Tuesday. There’s around 40,000 of them.
The good news is that most of them are reportedly from heavily Republican districts.

lowandslow on November 8, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Come on HA, that picture is way too good and old.

Here’s Landrieu now.

Schadenfreude on November 8, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Hey! Who forgot to put lipstick on that pig?

OmahaConservative on November 8, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Hey! Who forgot to put lipstick on that pig?

OmahaConservative on November 8, 2014 at 1:49 PM

You be feisty, OC. Good to note.

p.s. pigs are way too good and clean.

Schadenfreude on November 8, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Kermit the Frog must have more influence in Dem circles than I realized.

justltl on November 8, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Good of Landrieu to ask, but her runoff campaign is looking like even more of a clown show than her general-election effort.

Why do you insult clowns like that?

myiq2xu on November 8, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Lotsa’ newbs around posting lately…

OmahaConservative on November 8, 2014 at 1:57 PM

The state of Alaska waits until November 19th to certify the election results. Absentee ballots will be counted if they arrive by that date and are post marked before the election date.

AKmech on November 8, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Yeah, let’s hear “moneybomb” vocalized on an airplane or some other public conveyance and watch the SWaT teams materialize… oh, wait, dhimmicrat. Never mind…

ExpressoBold on November 8, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Why would anyone spend money to get her re-elected when the only real thing she had going for her was her position as energy committee chairman? That is gone already.

Keystone XL? Her vote won’t be needed to get that approved anymore. If she were willing to go against her insane voting base in order to vote yes in the first place, which is doubtful.

Rich out of state environmentalists cough up the cash, unlike the people who actually work in the most hated industry in America. Big Energy.

Mord on November 8, 2014 at 2:03 PM

I want this seat.

gophergirl on November 8, 2014 at 2:05 PM

I want this seat.

gophergirl on November 8, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Yep, we really need to pick it up.

Wonder if dingy Harrah will lose his senate leadership position in his filthy party?

OmahaConservative on November 8, 2014 at 2:08 PM

“Today, I’m joining with colleagues and allies around the country to give Mary’s team the resources they need for a 30-day dash to the finish,” Benett wrote. “Help us get out the vote in Louisiana —

…they’ll concentrate on ‘cheating’… for the next 30 days!

JugEarsButtHurt on November 8, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Yep, we really need to pick it up.

Wonder if dingy Harrah will lose his senate leadership position in his filthy party?

OmahaConservative on November 8, 2014 at 2:08 PM

The funny thing is if they don’t elect Reid – Durbin and Chuckie S are just as bad.

I still want this seat for no other reason is I can’t stand Landrieu.

gophergirl on November 8, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Where did the cash go?

That’s a question that’s commonly asked whenever leftists handle money.

Here’s some #WhereWasBill hilarity.

Star Bird on November 8, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Hey, all Mary needs now is a pair of pink, blood-soaked tennis shoes.

Pork-Chop on November 8, 2014 at 2:13 PM

I want this seat.

gophergirl on November 8, 2014 at 2:05 PM

…you are not on the edge of your seat…today…Minnesota is handing Iowa their lunch today!

JugEarsButtHurt on November 8, 2014 at 2:16 PM

A Twitter attack on Cassidy blew up in her face:

There’s an old court room lawyer’s saying: you never ask a question without knowing the answer. It should apply to political campaigns too.

rbj on November 8, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Two ads.

One playing Landrieu calling her constituents racists and sexists.

The other impressing upon LA voters that they need a Senate bulwark against the D-rats’ radical opposition to fossil fuels.

BuckeyeSam on November 8, 2014 at 2:17 PM

I hope the teachers unions, enviro-nazis, and Tom Steyer go all in and lose big.

BuckeyeSam on November 8, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Pleased to hear it. Another pointless money pit for sucker Dem donors.

Hey, if you don’t think Wendy Davis was a big enough waste of resources, step on up! Less to go around in the competitive places for 2016.

[email protected] on November 8, 2014 at 2:21 PM

We really need this seat, I hope she fails…

OmahaConservative on November 8, 2014 at 1:24 PM

The Democrats now have their very own Arlen Specter.

Maybe that will help.

Star Bird on November 8, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Just picked up this SOS on the Louisiana shortwave:

I NEED HELP…..

PLEASE SEND BARK…..

I NEED HELP…..

PLEASE SEND BARK…..

I NEED HELP…..

PLEASE SEND BARK…..

Bruno Strozek on November 8, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Mary’s spent her career reaching across the aisle to build coalitions and find solutions

LOL.

cat_owner on November 8, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Come on HA, that picture is way too good and old.

Here’s Landrieu now.

Schadenfreude on November 8, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Whoa. Is it just me, or do other people think she could get a job on the Muppet Show as Miss Piggy’s understudy if the senate thing doesn’t work out for her?

CJ on November 8, 2014 at 2:38 PM

I’d like to see the DSCC take out a couple of billions bucks in loans and waste it all on this redo. Couldn’t happen to a nicer group of leftists.

HiJack on November 8, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Whoa. Is it just me, or do other people think she could get a job on the Muppet Show as Miss Piggy’s understudy if the senate thing doesn’t work out for her?

CJ on November 8, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Get with it, we have been calling her Miss Piggy for quite some time, now…

OmahaConservative on November 8, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Donk Moneybomb: May I suggest that you invest many, many, many Zeroes.

RushBaby on November 8, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Bennet, by the way, will have to defend his own seat in 2016 in a suddenly red-tilting Colorado.

Just a quibble, but I wouldn’t call Colorado “red-tilting” based off of one win in 10 years by a great candidate against a one-issue idiot like Udall.

EFWolverine on November 8, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Cassidy is Pathetic. Every interview ive seen or heard with the guy makes me like him less. Now matter what question he is asked, he has one talking point answer….”Mary Landrieu voted with Barack Obama 97% of the time…”

The guy sounds like a fool and a puppet of someone in DC. He will be a horrible Senator and Louisiana will be poorly served again.

Looks like you get a liberal or a loser, Louisiana. Thats the story of the election cycle.

There is no way the GOP stays in the majority with this crew.

alecj on November 8, 2014 at 3:03 PM

DIMocrat money bomb? More like a money firecracker…

Khun Joe on November 8, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Is the woman in the video Mary Landrieu’s kid sister?

bw222 on November 8, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Wonder if dingy Harrah will lose his senate leadership position in his filthy party?

OmahaConservative on November 8, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Oh, he should. Just as Landrieu is going to lose her position.

But Dingy is up for re-election in 2016. If he decides to run, and it’s likely he will, removing him from a leadership position will cast a major pall on that re-election effort. The Democrats will remain with him just as they remained with Pelosi as Minority Leader in the House since January 2011.

So, we have yet another example of where failure is rewarded in the Democrat Party – where ideological loyalty and reliability is far more important that competence or results.

Athos on November 8, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Smell the desperation…feel the apathy…sense enjoy the butthurt…

Newtie and the Beauty on November 8, 2014 at 1:28 PM

editorialized just a bit ma’am.

arnold ziffel on November 8, 2014 at 4:00 PM

#gladyouasked,Mary

tj4osu on November 8, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Don’t underestimate this slimeball, or her slimeball buddies. Ballot-stuffing is their specialty. Ask Al Franken.

Ted the Average on November 8, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Franken staff seen stuffing ballots into trunks of cars headed for Alaska and Loisiana.

alecj seen helping.

Deadeye on November 8, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Louisiana.

Darn public school education!

Deadeye on November 8, 2014 at 4:32 PM

All I’m seeing is Wile E. Coyote picking up the black bomb to throw, lighting the fuse, leaning back… *boom*

It would be fair of the voters of LA to ask Landrieu if she is even FROM Louisiana any more. Because she sure doesn’t know the State, its people or even her OPPONENT all that well.

Pro Tip: when you ask a rhetorical question meant to embarrass your opponent, you had better know if there is a real answer to it BEFORE you ask the question.

ajacksonian on November 8, 2014 at 4:33 PM

The DSCC is appearing to help without reallllly helping much. $150K might get her a couple of minutes of air time, maybe.

Kissmygrits on November 8, 2014 at 4:52 PM

What difference at this point does it make? ;)

COgirl on November 8, 2014 at 6:46 PM

the DSCC failed to save almost every incumbent in a competitive race, excepting only Jeanne Shaheen and Mark Warner, whose race wasn’t supposed to be competitive in the first place

If DSCC saved those two, it appears they managed the money effectively. Landrieu wouldn’t be helped by that money.

burt on November 8, 2014 at 6:50 PM

In that picture she looks like she’s just been smacked in the face with a 2×8, pressure treated.

Andy__B on November 8, 2014 at 7:39 PM

While we’re on the subject of Senate elections- what the heck is holding up the Alaska results?

Bat Chain Puller on November 8, 2014 at 1:05 PM

They are still looking for Al Franken votes

audiotom on November 8, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Yea, good idea. Send old king putt out to campaign for her.

blowfly on November 8, 2014 at 9:10 PM

I live in New Orleans

We are so sick of Mary and her family empire.
Please not another 6 years

She is now asking for 6 topical debates
She is a very shrewd polotician in the worse way

Unfortunately Cassidy is a deer in the headlights stiff, the less exposure he has the better

She is taunting him calling him chicken

The Dems in LA will cheat in away way possible but this state is pissed off

Mary only shows up in LA for national photo ops like the BP spill and Katrina

Our state has been too hurt by Obama

audiotom on November 9, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Ordinarily, in a virtual dead heat election and with a third party candidate, more conservative then the Republican, Landrieu would be toast. But it’s Louisiana politics we’re talking about– and with a whole month to plan and scheme. Crooked Queen Mary and her Cohorts have plenty of time to stuff ballot boxes, hire buses to drive the same New Orleans voters from precinct to precinct to precinct and to bribe disreputable people to swear they shared a compromising scandal with the Cassidy. Don’t underestimate Queen Mary!!!!!

MaiDee on November 9, 2014 at 11:32 AM