25 October 2008

David Frum: "Save the Senators"

David Frum's dissatisfaction with the McCain-Palin campaign has been well noted in conservative, liberal, and neutral media alike. In his latest column, "Sorry, Senator. Let's Salvage What We Can,"Frum argues that, because NRCC and RNC fundraising has been lacking, and the discrepancy between Republican and Democratic warchests is impossibly vast, the RNC should lessen its contribution to the presidential contest and focus, instead, on senatorial races:
In these last days before the vote, Republicans need to face some strategic realities. Our resources are limited, and our message is failing. We cannot fight on all fronts. We are cannibalizing races that we must win and probably can win in order to help a national campaign that is almost certainly lost. In these final 10 days, our goal should be: senators first.
There's been similar mumbling amongst Republican commentators for a week or two now, but I'm unsure if anyone has been so direct in their assessment of, and recommendations for, the remaining days of the election. My guess? The RNC won't--can't--heed Frum's advice. To do so would be to "wave the white flag of surrender."

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