REPUB­LI­CAN BLACK FRI­DAY SPE­CIAL

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

At­ten­tion shop­pers: the Grand Old Party has a mes­sage for you. The Na­tional Repub­li­can Se­na­to­rial Com­mit­tee is in­tent on grab­bing the at­ten­tion of Black Fri­day bar­gain hunters in Louisiana, Michi­gan, Alaska, Iowa and Ge­or­gia — all home to Democrats who are now vul­ner­a­ble for re-elec­tion in 2014 be­cause of their fierce en­dorse­ment of Oba­macare.

The com­mit­tee — led by Sens. Jerry Mo­ran of Kansas, Rob Portman of Ohio and Ted Cruz of Texas — has made sig­nif­i­cant online ad buys in those states to show­case the mis­placed loy­al­ties of such law­mak­ers as Sens. Mary Lan­drieu of Lou­siana and Mark Begich of Alaska, among many. And in the spirit of the shop­ping frenzy, the com­mit­tee has re­cruited grass-roots vol­un­teers to place gaudy fliers on car wind­shields in mall park­ing lots to bring home the point.

“Black Fri­day sell­out!!” the as­sorted de­signs pro­claim, each done up in the high-im­pact type and bril­liant col­ors of a dis­count store. The idea? Repub­li­cans are de­ter­mined to re­mind vot­ers that many pan­icked Democrats are scram­bling to dis­tance them­selves from their sup­port of the faulty health care law. The pub­lic, they say, now de­serves a “re­fund.”

As far as money goes, both sides of the aisle could use a lit­tle cash in the mean­time, ac­cord­ing to cur­rent fil­ings with the Fed­eral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion. The Demo­cratic Se­na­to­rial Cam­paign Com­mit­tee cur­rently has $11.1 mil­lion cash on hand, but $6.25 mil­lion in debts. Its Repub­li­can coun­ter­part has $5 mil­lion in cash on hand and no debts. And it’s in­ter­est­ing to note that 2014 dawns in a month. or­ga­ni­za­tions in sev­eral coun­tries. And oh, what head­lines. They were pos­i­tively meaty. A small por­tion:

“Al Gore em­braces an in­con­ve­nient diet” (Time), “The Clin­ton-Gore ticket now be­longs to the ve­gan party” (Red Alert Pol­i­tics), “Al Gore is now a ve­gan for some rea­son” (The Blaze), “Al Gore outed as ve­gan” (Salon), “Just in time for To­furky sea­son, Al Gore joins Bill Clin­ton in ve­gan virtue” (Ex­am­iner.com), “Are you go­ing ve­gan be­cause Al Gore did?” (Ya­hoo News).

How new is this news? It’s ac­tu­ally pretty wilted. There have been re­ports dat­ing back to 2006 that claim Mr. Gore was ei­ther a veg­e­tar­ian or had “sharply” cut back his meat con­sump­tion.

NA­TIONAL REPUB­LI­CAN SE­NA­TO­RIAL COM­MIT­TEE

The Na­tional Repub­li­can Se­na­to­rial Com­mit­tee is show­er­ing Black Fri­day shop­pers with fliers show­cas­ing Democrats up for re-elec­tion who en­dorsed Oba­macare, such as Sen. Mary L. Lan­drieu of Louisiana.

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