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Portman drops the hammer.

Yesterday morning I tweeted the following:

Well, a few hours later the Portman campaign decided to put the Fisher campaign out of their misery.

In a press release out yesterday afternoon, the campaign announced that in the fourth quarter of 2009 Rob Portman raised an amazing $1.4 million dollars – nearly 470k a month. That gives them over $6 million on hand heading into 2010.

Meanwhile, Fisher raised a shabby $780k during the same amount of time. While he hasn’t released his cash-on-hand number yet, it’s safe to say it’s downwards of $1.9M – and with Brunner officially filing for the primary, it’s safe to say all of that $1.9M will be gone by May.

Even more bad news for the Fisher came today when an article in the Politico debunked their sole point of attack against Portman – the “OMGZ HE WORKED FOR BUSH!!11!!!!111!!!” strategy.

“Voters are pretty tired of the blame game,” said longtime Democratic strategist Steve Hildebrand, a top aide on Obama’s presidential campaign. “What a stupid strategy that was.”

Howard Wolfson, a senior official on Hillary Clinton’s campaign and veteran Democratic communications guru, noted that his party was able to run against Republican Herbert Hoover’s Depression-era presidency for 30 years.

“That doesn’t seem to be the case here,” he said.

Another well-respected Democratic consultant put it simply: “Need a new game plan!”


…there seems to be consensus now in the Democratic consulting community that candidates can’t simply insert grainy footage of the former president into a commercial or say their rivals will “support Bush policies” and hope voters will respond.

Well, so much for that.

Of course, it’s nothing that I haven’t talked about before, but that’s what Dems get for not listening to me.


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