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Another take on conservatives organizing for Djou

Chris Bowers, the OpenLeft blogger who's one of the most battle-hardened and influential members of the lefty Net roots, rakes me over the coals for my post on conservatives organizing for Hawaii GOP congressional candidate Charles Djou. Read it all, but here's the key bit.

Crediting the online organizing Weigel lists for Republican success in Hawaii is like crediting a particularly nice font on yard signs, combined with a well-run press conference, for a campaign victory. Democrats are losing this campaign because there are two Dems splitting the vote. That's it. Even if Djou has improved his position over the past couple of weeks, the two Democrats combined still lead him by 50%-36% in the latest poll. With voting underway, this campaign would be over if only one Democrat was in the race.

That's basically true -- make this a two-man race, and Djou outperforms the last few Republican candidates but goes down to defeat. But why haven't the liberal Net roots rallied around one candidate or another? Why aren't Democratic groups getting their stories straight and backing one candidate, to eliminate the possibility of a Djou plurality win? Why can't they make an attack stick to Djou? If only by comparison, conservative activists (and as in my original post I'm referring to established D.C. groups and to newer activists) are maximizing their effort, exploiting the resources of activists in the other 49 states and holding successful fundraising drives. They've been on point while Democrats have stumbled. You don't need to pretend they've broken the mold. It's that the Democrats can't find the mold.

By David Weigel  |  May 3, 2010; 4:46 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Election  
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