This makes all sorts of sense … if a recount wasn’t in the offing. Much of political campaigning amounts to triage — sending the resources to where the needs are greatest, and de-prioritizing what holds less potential for payoff down the road. One can tell a great deal about the outlook of campaigns based on where they put their money and their personnel.
The RNC faces two high priorities at the moment, both of them personnel-intensive: two special elections in Georgia and a recount in Wisconsin. Republicans will need a full-tilt ground operation in Georgia to save the Senate for Mitch McConnell against what will certainly be an all-out effort by Democrats to give Kamala Harris the decisive vote in the upper chamber. On the other hand, they will need every available person to cover all the precincts in the upcoming Wisconsin recount.
So what is the RNC’s priority? Three guesses, and the first two don’t count: