Political operatives and officials from both parties usually take long lunches, long weekends and long vacations in the two months right after an election — win or lose.
But fired up by the outcome of the November midterm elections, Democrats scrapped that practice and are going after potential 2008 Republican candidates.
With their party leadership in transition, GOP presidential front-runners are confronted with a Democratic Party that decided not to close shop after the elections.
The Republicans have their own oppo researchers, but after the painful defeat the GOP suffered at all levels this year, followed by the resignation of party Chairman Ken Mehlman, their outfit has not kept up with the Democrats, one GOP insider confided.
The Republican National Committee must revive and rebuild operations after the new year under the stewardship of the incoming chairman, Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla..
"We will be back in plenty of time for the '08 race," the GOP source added.
Monday, December 25, 2006
"Democrats waste no time campaigning for 2008"