Up To 58 House Seats May Now Be In Play…

… But The Left Thinks It Is All A DLC Plot To Attract Big Money Donors and Help Hillary Clinton Win The White House.

I know. Just when you think there isn’t a tin foil hat big enough. Readers, I hate to keep repeating myself, but centrist Democrats need to take heed: There are elements on the left who want the Democrats to lose just as much as the GOP wants us to lose – and for the same reason: Another loss makes it easier for them to claim their way is the better way. Case in point. Here is an article from The Washington Post that should have Democrats of all stripes dancing in streets.

Top Democrats said yesterday that they are planning to significantly expand the number of GOP House seats they will target during the final 20 days of the campaign but that financial disputes and fundraising problems are hindering the effort.

Democrats said private polls have convinced top party officials that they could pick up 40 or more seats — nearly double their internal projections from a week ago — if they spend enough money on television advertising for long-shot races. Strategists James Carville and Stan Greenberg are among those pleading with party leaders to go deep into debt to run ads in as many as 50 GOP-held districts.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rahm Emanuel (Ill.) has privately signed off on targeting a new group of GOP incumbents who were once considered safe for reelection, starting with Rep. Gil Gutknecht in rural Minnesota, officials said. The number of seats Democrats could pick up “is expanding, no doubt about it,” Emanuel said. “But you have to figure out what is smoke and what is fire.”

Emanuel said he believes as many as 53 to 58 seats are now in play.

Still, several Democrats complained that the party is on the verge of blowing a once-in-a-decade political opportunity because of financial troubles. The Democratic National Committee (Howard Dean) has no plans to help finance a last-minute push to defeat Republicans because it has already fallen into debt, a top official said. “We are looking, but unfortunately there is not much more we can do,” said DNC spokeswoman Karen Finney. (read more of this article. It is a good one)

Interesting, yes? But how are the “netroots” taking the news? Predictably.

“If the Dems don’t take 50 new seats in Congress Carville, Emanuel and others of the DLC will say that Dean blew it. This planted story is more about Hillary’s run for President than these midterms. DLCers would like to see Dean get the DNC into debt – then they will come to save the day.” – link.

NEWSFLASH! The DNC is already in debt. Didn’t the article say that? And just how would the nefarious (cue Darth Vader music) DLC “save the day” and how in the world did this guy weave a dark agenda involving Hillary Clinton into this?

“Part of me thinks this is Carville protecting his consultant buddies and getting the party so heavy into debt that they have to go for the big donors McAuliffe loved so much instead of Dean’s party of the people strategy. And, yes, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was to help Hillary. I don’t trust Carville as far as I can throw an anvil.”link

Ah… here comes the “corporate money” references the left is so well known for. And another swipe at Hillary!

“What Rahm Emanuel has trouble acknowledging is that it isn’t all about Money, its about boots on the ground, these boots were hired in April by Dean. THey have been organizing since then. DFA PDA Moveon, etc are geared up. THe Democratic wing of the Democratic party has been canvassing since April. This is what Dean planned for ’06. MAsses of Volunteers hitting the streets in the final weeks, you cannot buy that, its priceless. ANd its forcing the GOP to PAY canvassers to equal the Deaniacs Drive to the HILL. If wasn’t for the volunteers in these house races, Rahm Emanuel would have 20 races to crow about. Dean knows this.”link

Spoken by a Deaniac who believes canvassing by Democrats was invented in 2003.

Look, unlike the left fringe types quoted above, I don’t want to see any part of the party expelled. We’ve always been a big tent and I have much respect for the coalition Franklin Roosevelt built. But that doesn’t mean we can’t call the left on their exaggerations, fabrications, and historical revisionism.

As you can see, and have seen by previous examples on Donkey Digest, this is all about Howard Dean to the left, specificially, their determination to make sure he gets the credit for us winning in November when his policies have actually worked against short term victories this year. The championism they display for him feeds into their “fiction absolute.” Suddenly, the man becomes more important than the party and the country. “His way or the Highway” is their mantra, facts be damned, even if it means the Democrats will snatch defeat from the jaws of victory one more time.

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