SPOTLIGHT

Getting By With a Little Help From Clinton

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton walks with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. as they arrive for a meeting with the House Democratic Caucus, Wednesday, June 22, 2016, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
AP Photo/Alex Brandon
Kyle Trygstad
Add to Briefcase
Kyle Trygstad
Oct. 18, 2016, 9:55 a.m.

The Hil­lary Clin­ton cam­paign’s de­cision to in­vest ad­di­tion­al money in­to a co­ordin­ated ef­fort, even in states where she has little chance of win­ning, is a wel­come sign for House and Sen­ate Demo­crats con­cerned about their abil­ity to cap­it­al­ize on a dis­astrous Re­pub­lic­an pres­id­en­tial nom­in­ee.

Clin­ton cam­paign man­ager Robby Mook, a former DCCC ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or, an­nounced the new in­vest­ments in a con­fer­ence call with re­port­ers Monday. That fol­lowed a New York Times re­port last week on a House Demo­crat­ic con­fer­ence call on which As­sist­ant Minor­ity Lead­er Jim Cly­burn ex­pressed con­cerns about Clin­ton pulling re­sources out of states she had put away, and a story in Politico that de­tailed how the DSCC and DCCC had each re­ques­ted at least $5 mil­lion in early Septem­ber to help win back the Sen­ate and House, then re­ceived con­tri­bu­tions total­ing half that.

Their anxi­ety was war­ran­ted, as vul­ner­able con­gres­sion­al Re­pub­lic­ans had been able to cre­ate sep­ar­a­tion from the top of the tick­et without even dis­avow­ing their nom­in­ee. Even after Don­ald Trump’s lewd com­ments on an Ac­cess Hol­ly­wood hot mic were leaked, two re­cent na­tion­al polls found Demo­crats lead­ing on the gen­er­ic con­gres­sion­al bal­lot by just 3 points—which in­dic­ates a neut­ral en­vir­on­ment and no sign of a wave.

It didn’t help that as the Clin­ton cam­paign sought to pull away from Trump, it painted him as someone so far out­side the main­stream that he was un­re­cog­niz­able even to Re­pub­lic­ans. That was the mes­sage at the Demo­crat­ic con­ven­tion, and it was re­in­forced in early Septem­ber by a Clin­ton ad fea­tur­ing Re­pub­lic­ans de­noun­cing Trump.

Trump has all but ceased reach­ing out to swing voters at this point. But to the Clin­ton cam­paign’s cred­it, their strategies have worked and she has now pulled out to a double-di­git lead in a couple re­cent na­tion­al polls—des­pite the can­did­ate’s own un­pop­ular­ity and vul­ner­ab­il­it­ies. If Clin­ton wins the pop­u­lar vote by a mar­gin sim­il­ar to Pres­id­ent Obama‘s 7-point tri­umph in 2008, down-bal­lot Demo­crats should have a good night.

Kyle Tryg­stad

What We're Following See More »
THE PRESIDENT’S POCKET
16th Charity Cancels Function at Mar-a-Lago
7 hours ago
THE LATEST
EARLY SEPTEMBER
Senate Plans Two Hearings on Health Insurance
8 hours ago
THE LATEST

"The Senate health committee will hold two hearings early next month on how the nation’s individual health insurance marketplaces can be stabilized, as party leaders grasp for a fresh path following the collapse of the Republican effort to repeal and replace much of former President Barack Obama’s health care law. GOP and Democratic leaders are exploring whether they can craft a bipartisan but limited bill aimed at curbing rising premiums for people who buy their own insurance. In many markets, consumers are seeing steeply rising premiums and fewer insurers willing to sell policies."

Source:
OVER N. KOREA NUCLEAR PROGRAMS
U.S. Imposes Sanctions on 16 Companies
8 hours ago
THE LATEST
U.N. REPORT REVEALS DETAILS
North Korean Chemical Weapons Shipments to Syria Intercepted
1 days ago
THE LATEST

"Two North Korean shipments to a Syrian government agency responsible for the country's chemical weapons program were intercepted in the past six months, according to a confidential United Nations report on North Korea sanctions violations."

Source:
PARTICIPATES IN TOWN HALL TONIGHT
Ryan: “There Are No Sides” on Charlottesville
1 days ago
THE LATEST

After taking fire for not forcefully condemning President Trump's statements on Charlottesville, Speaker Paul Ryan today issued a statement that takes issue with any "moral relativism" when it comes to Neo-Nazis. "There are no sides," he wrote. "There is no other argument. We will not tolerate this hateful ideology in our society." Ryan participates in a CNN town hall tonight from Racine, Wis.

Source:
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login