All campaigns are products of the three “M’s”: money, manpower and message.
The Republican Party has done a great job this year on the first, money. A network of conservative 501(c)(4)’s, 527s and GOP committees are decisively winning the money battle against Democrats – evening the score for 2008.
No less than President Barack Obama himself has noticed, and he doesn’t like it one bit. He has taken to calling out GOP operatives by name. Bad idea, Mr. President. Question: Could you imagine Ronald Reagan personally attacking, say, Bob Beckel, who managed Walter Mondale’s campaign against him?