Senate Democrats, who have to defend 23 seats in 2012, are taking their reelections very seriously. As Chris Cillizza notes in The Fix this morning, Senate Democrats have already ramped up their own campaign opposition research capabilities.
90% Of Incumbent Senate Democrats Running For Reelection Have Already Hired Research Services. “One Senate Democratic source notes that three top Republican targets -- Tester and Sens. Sherrod Brown (Ohio) and Claire McCaskill (Mo.) -- already have campaign managers in place and roughly 90 percent of all the party's incumbents have hired a research director, a sign of the seriousness with which they are taking their races.” (Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake, “Why No News Is Good News For Democrats’ Senate Majority,” The Washington Post, 2/2/11)
There’s an old saying: what you don’t know can’t hurt you. When it comes to the blood sport of politics, nothing could be further from the truth.
Democrats have found that lesson out the hard way twice now in the past five months. First there was the Democrat Primary Election for Lieutenant Governor in Illinois where political neophyte Scott Lee Cohen, a pawnbroker, won the primary. Only after the nomination was secure did accusations of anabolic steroid abuse and domestic violence with a convicted prostitute come to light. Runner-up Art Turner wasn’t doing his homework – neither was the State Party for that matter – and now Cohen’s campaign is defunct. In his wake is an embarrassment for the Democrat Party.