The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is doing little to shape the debate over the fiscal cliff, while the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is targeting 40 House Republicans over the fiscal cliff and the attendant tax issues.
The DCCC’s attack site, GOPHostageTakers.com, has a petition that demands Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) and the 40 House Republicans the DCCC are targeting allow a vote on taxes for the middle class.
The DCCC has also issued press releases in all of those House Republicans’ districts to local reporters in which they remind the reporters of House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)’s petition to leave the tax cuts for the middle class intact and raise taxes on the wealthy.
Because the petition needs a significant number of Republicans to be accepted, the DCCC is pushing those Republicans they view as vulnerable hard to cave on tax increases. They even have robocalls in 35 of the Republicans’ districts.
The NRCC? They’ve authored press releases that don’t mention Democrats at all. They simply have no idea how to sell the Republican message.
GOP strategist Tyler Harber claims:
I think we’re two years away from the next election that would be meaningful to those 40 vulnerable Democrats, and the more damning message occurs after they have taken the vote. I think the strategists on the Republican side, by and large, see this as a waste of money.