Apparently, the email the DCCC recently sent out that attempted to sound like a collection agency wasn’t enough. Had you asked me, after receiving that one, whether I’d see anything worse from the DCCC in this campaign cycle, I’d have said no.
And I’d have been wrong.
This is Steve Israel’s DCCC, after all, and I suspect that, although they can’t and won’t admit such a thing during a crucial election cycle, even many inside the DCCC itself can see how bad the situation is shaping up to be. With this last email, the DCCC is sounding desperate. Here’s a copy of the text of the email, with the reply/challenge I sent to them appended afterward [comments in brackets inside DCCC email are mine]:
On Jul 31, 2014, at 9:22 PM, BREAKING@dccc.org <email@example.com> wrote:
Subject: All Hope Is Lost [oooh, Armageddon-y. Hang on, let me put some apocalypso on the stereo, I’ll be right back]
We’re nearly out of time — so we won’t waste any:
News just broke that Boehner shook down his Tea Party Republicans THIS MORNING for last-minute cash. Boehner knows that if he can beat us on tonight’s deadline — after everything that’s happened — then all hope will be lost for us to win a Democratic House.
To be blunt about it: There are just 96 days until the election. If we fall behind now, we can just throw in the towel on a Democratic House for President Obama’s final two years. [usual ALLCAPS appeal for specific dollar amount follows]
My response (race-specific data drawn from the always on-top-of-it Howie Klein of ActBlue and DownWithTyranny!):
No, you idiots, all hope for retaking the House is not lost because John Boehner might out-raise you on small donors by the artificial deadline of last night. All hope for retaking the House was lost some time ago, when Nancy Pelosi decided to re-up the disastrous Steve Israel as Chair of your organization, the DCCC.
Since then, Israel has *COMPLETELY* avoided spending any of the money you ask people like me for on contesting any of the following races:
• NY-02- Peter King (R+1)
• MI-06- Fred Upton (R+1)
• WA-08- Dave Reichert (R+1)
• FL-13- Dave Jolly (R+1)
• FL-27- Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R+2)
• WI-08- Reid Ribble (R+2)
• WI-07- Sean Duffy (R+2)
• MN-03- Erik Paulsen (R+2)
• PA-07- Patrick Meehan (R+2)
• PA-15- Charlie Dent (R+2)
• MI-08- Mike Rogers (retiring) (R+2)
• WA-03- Jaime Herrera Beutler (R+2)
• NY-22- Richard Hanna (R+3)
• CA-25- Buck McKeon (retiring) (R+3)
• WI-01- Paul Ryan (R+3)
• OH-10- Michael Turner (R+3)
All of those Republicans are in districts that are WELL within striking range of a solid, well-funded Democratic challenger. But the DCCC is nowhere to be found, in any of them. Instead, Chairman Israel apparently feels he’ll have better success backing the following candidates in districts that are anywhere from R+4 to R+15 (15!!!):
• NE-02- Brad Ashford (R+4)
• MI-01- Jerry Cannon (R+5)
• IN-02- Joe Bock (R+6)
• MT-AL- John Lewis (R+7)
• AR-02- Patrick Henry Hays (R+8)
• OH-06- Jennifer Garrison (R+8)
• KY-06- Elisabeth Jensen (R+9)
• ND-AL- George Sinner (R+10)
• WV-02- Nick Casey (R+11)
• AR-01- Jackie McPherson (R+14)
• WV-01- Glen Gainer (R+14)
• AR-04- James Lee Witt (R+15)
I’ll tell you what. If *ANYONE* reading this (if indeed anyone at ALL reads it at the DCCC) can tell me convincingly which of the above races are MORE winnable than ANY of the ones from the first list, I will donate $100.
I look forward to your response.
UPDATE: after hitting the send button (which I waited to do until this post was written), this is the (auto)response I received:
Delivery has failed to these recipients. The recipient’s mailbox is full and can’t accept messages now.
Good to know they’re on top of things.