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NRSC and DSCC trade barbs over who’s politicizing healthcare

Politico had a story yesterday talking about how the NRSC will be trying to score political points against Democats up for re-election during the healthare debate:

The NRSC already has its eyes on Democrats up in 2012 – and plans to bombard Democrats who sit on the Finance Committee with attacks on their votes on controversial amendments during the Committee deliberations beginning Tuesday. Its top 2012 targets on the Committee: Nelson and Conrad, as well as Democratic Sens. Maria Cantwell of Washington and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan.

That news didn’t sit well with Senator Menendez:

Menendez accused the Republicans of playing politics, and he’s surely one who would know, given that he chairs the NRSC’s counterpart, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

“…Senate Republicans have absolutely zero interest in reforming health care,” Menendez said through the DSCC. “If Republicans think the health care crisis is just a game or political opportunity, they clearly have not learned the lessons of the past two elections.”

And for course the NRSC answered with a response worthy of Pee Wee Herman saying I know you are, but what am I:

NRSC spokesman Brian Walsh responds: “When you consider that the DSCC has issued literally dozens of press releases and fundraising appeals attacking Republicans on health care in recent weeks, these remarks are ironic and unfortunate to say the least.”

Didn’t this whole story start with the fact that the Republicans were going to try to play politics with the process of legislating and governing in committee? But of course to the NRSC it’s only the Democrats playing politics. For New Jersey, whether it’s on the politics of the DSCC or the policy of the Finance Committee, Senator Menendez finds himself in the middle of everything.

NRSC and DSCC trade barbs over who’s politicizing healthcare

Politico had a story yesterday talking about how the NRSC will be trying to score political points against Democats up for re-election during the healthare debate:

The NRSC already has its eyes on Democrats up in 2012 – and plans to bombard Democrats who sit on the Finance Committee with attacks on their votes on controversial amendments during the Committee deliberations beginning Tuesday. Its top 2012 targets on the Committee: Nelson and Conrad, as well as Democratic Sens. Maria Cantwell of Washington and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan.

That news didn’t sit well with Senator Menendez:

Menendez accused the Republicans of playing politics, and he’s surely one who would know, given that he chairs the NRSC’s counterpart, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

“…Senate Republicans have absolutely zero interest in reforming health care,” Menendez said through the DSCC. “If Republicans think the health care crisis is just a game or political opportunity, they clearly have not learned the lessons of the past two elections.”

And for course the NRSC answered with a response worthy of Pee Wee Herman saying I know you are, but what am I:

NRSC spokesman Brian Walsh responds: “When you consider that the DSCC has issued literally dozens of press releases and fundraising appeals attacking Republicans on health care in recent weeks, these remarks are ironic and unfortunate to say the least.”

Didn’t this whole story start with the fact that the Republicans were going to try to play politics with the process of legislating and governing in committee? But of course to the NRSC it’s only the Democrats playing politics. For New Jersey, whether it’s on the politics of the DSCC or the policy of the Finance Committee, Senator Menendez finds himself in the middle of everything.

New Jersey as Dark Horse Race

Well, with Louisiana their only reasonable pick-up opportunity, NRSC head John Ensign is reduced to spinning New Jersey to Real Clear Politics:

One “dark horse” race Ensign offered as a possible vulnerability for Democrats was in New Jersey, where Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg, who turned 84 on Wednesday, has been faced with low poll numbers. Still, New Jersey is a Democratic-leaning state, having voted for a Democrat in the last four presidential elections. Lautenberg will face either State Senator Joe Pennacchio or Anne Estabrook, the former New Jersey Chamber of Commerce chair. Ensign particularly likes Estabrook’s chances. “She’s got the right profile,” he said. “Fiscal conservative, social moderate, successful businesswoman, energetic and has some money to be able to put in the race.”

“I’m not saying we’re going to be the favorite there, I’m giving you the dark horse. But I want you to pay attention to it. You heard it here.”

Now you’ve heard it too.  Somehow I’ll manage to sleep tonight.

The Slimewave is $5 Mil

The Hotline On Call is reporting that the NRSC may (and in all likelihood will) dump as much as $5 million dollars into NJ on behalf of Kean Jr.

According to the two sources, both of whom have detailed and first-hand knowledge of the buy, the NRSC has reserved about $3.2 million worth of time in the ultra-expensive New York City market. One source said the NRSC would spend in excess of $1.5 million in Philadelphia. That portion of the buy could not be confirmed.

The NRSC believes that Menendez’s negative ratings are higher than the mean for safe incumbents, and strategists note how the media’s focus on a federal investigation touching Menendez helped push Tom Kean Jr. into a narrow lead in September.

Though Menendez appears to have regained a slim lead, Republicans believe that his support among independents is still a bit soft and even waning.

The Hotline speculates that “between the NRSC and RNC, Republicans can’t throw any more money in VA, MO or TN,” and Jersey is their only other option. We’ve already seen what they’re doing to Harold Ford Jr. in Tennessee. Now it’s our turn, and we’ll be ready for them.

500,000 Reasons a Vote for Kean is a Vote for Bush

The New York Times reports that the national Republican party is now abandoning Senator Mike DeWine (OH), just as they previously have abandoned Senators Lafee (RI), Santorum (PA), and Burns (MT).  They’re left defending Missouri, Tennessee, and (perhaps) Virginia.  And as for us:

The next important decision for Republicans is whether to compete in New Jersey; they plan to spend about $500,000 on advertising this week, followed by polling to see how vulnerable Mr. Menendez is to his Republican challenger, Thomas H. Kean Jr. Going into New Jersey is a costly gamble, because it requires advertising in both the New York City and Philadelphia markets, which party strategists said could easily eat up $2.5 million a week.

So this is it:  Another negative ad blitz, and if Senator Menendez can withstand it, the Republicans will write off yet another race.  They’re desperate to hold onto 50 seats so that they can avoid accountability for George W. Bush’s mismanagement.

This week, we’ll see 500,000 reasons a vote for Kean is a vote for Bush.  So much for “independent” Tom Kean.

Update (jmelli): The GOP’s playing the same broken record…June 20, 2005:

Nat’l GOP to invest big in N.J. gov race
WASHINGTON – The national Republican Party is looking to pump some money into New Jersey for a change, citing the prospect of winning this year’s race for governor in the Garden State.

In the past two presidential elections, the GOP has looked to New Jersey as a place to gather money, not spend it in search of votes.

But this year, the national Republicans see New Jersey as an attainable prize, and plan to work hard for Doug Forrester, the GOP gubernatorial candidate.

You know they’re getting desperate when the money shifts from Ohio to New Jersey. Bring it on, fellas.

Corzine is Still Senator

This is not an April Fools joke.

According to the National Republican Senatorial Committee Corzine is still Senator.

In fairness, they get the fact that he is not running for re-election correct.

You would think that after Liz Dole came around here on December 5, 2005 (she IS the chairwoman of the NRSC) they would fix their website to be a bit more up to date.

Corzine hasn’t been Senator since January.

PSST. NRSC… Tom Kean Jr. is running against Bob Menendez. Who is currently the Jr. Senator from New Jersey.