Imagine for a moment that either Democratic Sen. Harry Reid or Cory Booker (or Mark Udall for that matter) were locked in a fight for their political life. Do you think Senator Michael Bennet, the man who controls the purse strings to tens of millions of campaign bucks at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, would double down in defense of these Senatorial men?
The answer is obvious – of course he would.
Which makes Bennet’s decision in early November to leave Landrieu stranded and on her own seem not only strange but, dare we see, a wee bit sexist.
Hot Air reported in early November that the DSCC, chaired by Bennet, would pull all resources from the Landrieu run-off in Louisiana. From Hot Air on November 8:
This week, the DSCC announced that it would pull the ad time in Louisiana that the organization had reserved for the Senate runoff, leaving incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu to her own devices against Republican challenger Bill Cassidy. After coming under withering criticism from fellow Democrats, the DSCC has reversed course … a little. The ad time is still canceled, but DSCC chair Sen. Michael Bennet announced late yesterday that the committee would organize a “money bomb” event for Landrieu’s campaign.
To that, we have to ask (as Hot Air did), shouldn’t they have been doing that (and then some) anyway? The special election is two days away and The Washington Post claims the DSCC hasn’t participated at all, according to an article from yesterday:
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee canceled its plans to buy ads and is not lifting a finger — or writing a check — to save her. Nor are any of the heavy-hitting Democratic outside groups.
“I am extremely disappointed,” [Landrieu] said Tuesday of the DSCC’s decision. “You know, they just walked away from this race.”
For a Senator who was elected on a message of supporting women (and by that, we mean promising them free birth control), refusing to help Landrieu’s career when she most needed it must feel like a real slap in the face to the women who voted for him. And, if it doesn’t, it should.