At least one Republican pollster thinks his party should actually play aggressively to win in 2018, and CNN is all ‘well, I never!’
CNN editor-at-large Chris Cillizza obtained a memo by pollster Glen Bolger that lays out nine ways Republicans can up their odds of maintaining control of the House in 2018.
“Make no mistake about it. Tuesday (Election Day) was not just a bad night for Republicans in Virginia,” writes Bolger in the memo. “The GOP lost three state legislative seats in Georgia special elections held in wealthy suburban districts, two seats on the Delaware County Council in suburban Philadelphia, the Westchester and Nassau County Executive races in New York, and a state senate special election in Washington state that tipped the balance in that chamber back to the Democrats, as well as other races around the country.”
Mid-terms are always difficult for the party in power, and with the banner of anti-Trump to rally behind, Dems won’t have a hard time with turnout. Bolger’s suggestion?
“Do not sit on a lead. Elections are rife with incumbents who polled, saw a big early lead, and throttled down in the campaign, only to be upset. Just because a challenger has little name ID now does not mean a big lead will hold. This is no cycle to rest on your incumbency.”
An electoral disaster may be on the horizon, especially if Republicans don’t play to win. Bolger thinks it’s “better to plan for the worst and benefit if the political environment does get better than to sit back and wait for a bad mid-term election to come at you.”
CNN’s Saba Hamedy writes:
That’s right: “Plan for the worst.” Why? Well as CNN previously reported, at least 25 Republicans have recently announced they are retiring, running for another office or resigning outright. Democrats need to pick up 24 seats to retake the majority from Republicans, who’ve had control of the House since 2011.
Meanwhile, Democrats are hoping sexual harassment allegations against Alabama Republican senate nominee Roy Moore can help them win an unexpected seat in Senate.
Bolger has a long list of suggestions that Republicans need to follow in order to even have any shot at winning in 2018.
“Raise money. Do opposition research. Test messages. Target key groups. Start early. Be aggressive.”
“Be Aggressive” indeed.
“‘Be Aggressive’ indeed,” Hamedy writes, as if the thought of Republicans playing to win is somehow repugnant. One wonders if she feels Democrats should play by the same rules?
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