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Not sure how many of you read this, but it’s a fascinating account from Robert Costa in the Washington Post. A few really interesting things that I pulled from it:
1. The Pat Roberts campaign was really flatlining and would have lost had it not been taken over by the RNC. This was a Weekend at Bernie’s moment. Mental note: don’t run out-of-touch 78-year-olds and expect them to win. Oh, and Dole is still the big dog in Kansas, at age 91.
2. The mechanics of candidate quality behind the scenes were complex. Rove went all-in to keep a bad candidate in a safe seat (Cochran, Miss.) in order to get a better candidate in a potential swing seat (Brown, N.H.). And it was Brown who laid down the demand for “No Akins.” Probably the right trade-off, but you still can’t condone what they did to McDaniel and how they pulled that one out.
3. The Dems are in disarray, and you could argue that whether consciously or not, Obama torpedoed many of Reid’s efforts to remain competitive. Regardless, he was utterly detached.
3a. While it doesn’t call it out directly, the piece suggests that the Grimes campaign was a white-hot mess internally. As bad as any of the meltdowns that we expect on our side.
4. Second point on candidate quality: the big push that Crossroads (Rove) made to improve quality was swinging large funding dollars to the candidates that they determined to be the best for the general election. Arguably, this is what won CO and IA, as they backed both Gardner and Ernst and effectively cleared the primary field of their competitors.
5. Much as he seems a milquetoast, Reince Priebus was a lynchpin of this election. Unlike the Dems, who have built their data and turnout operation within the Obama campaign architecture, Priebus is building the GOP version within the RNC. While he’s not going to have Team Google, it does mean that it’s portable across campaigns, whereas the Democrats are going to need to hobble back to Obama and ask to use his system (and thereby cement his ongoing role as kingmaker within that party… should be fun to watch).