Victoria Wulsin Archives
DCCC Still Doesn't Think Wulsin Has Much of a Shot
June 20, 2008 08:53 AM
I'm sure they'll add her to their "Red to Blue" program later this summer. But round three of their list of targeted pick-ups is out, and Ohio 02 isn't on the list. From The Hill:
Democrat Victoria Wulsin came within 3,000 votes of defeating Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio) in 2006 and is taking another shot this year, but she’s still got something to prove to national Democrats.
Unlike every other near-miss rematch candidate, Wulsin has not yet been named to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) Red to Blue program.
The Democrats were fools to pick Wulsin over Steve Black in the primary. Yes, Wulsin came close last time. But Black is a much better fit for the district.
Getting on the Red to Blue list brings lots of attention and money. The Wulsin Campaign seems ticked by the DCCC's neglect.
Wulsin spokesman Kevin Franck was critical of the DCCC, and cast doubt on whether national Democrats know what is happening on the ground. He pointed to recent gains in Democratic registrations and Wulsin’s outperforming in her district of Gov. Ted Strickland (D) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) in 2006.
“I’m not sure I understand the D-trip’s thinking, completely,” Franck said, adding: “Interacting with the D-trip and the national party organizations, when you get to the highest levels of decision-making, where the choices are made about which list a race goes on, there seems to be a lot of mystery surrounding the metrics they’re using.
“I think we have a very clear case. We have an incredibly unpopular incumbent in a district that’s not a Republican stronghold anymore. Vic has been running for two and a half years now. Her name ID is much higher than it was. We have more money than before.”
The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has taken note of the DCCC’s lack of action. NRCC spokeswoman Julie Shutley, said: “With one loss already under her belt against Rep. Schmidt, Wulsin seems to be having a tough time convincing her own party she has a remote chance of launching a competitive campaign.”
If the Wulsin campaign hasn't made its case to the DCCC by now, it's probably too late. Like I said though, they'll add her to the list later this summer (they've already got her on some sort of watch list, that means it's coming next time). It'll give her the chance to put out a release that says the DCCC thinks the race is tightening, and she'll get some free media out of that.
But in the meantime, the campaign cash and the attention is going elsewhere.
The more Victoria Wulsin talks, the less people are going to like her
March 7, 2008 01:14 PM
Here she is, chirping away like a Chatty Cathy doll, on the radical left-wing cesspool that is Firedoglake. Here's her take on crossover voters:
The 2nd District has some very interesting dynamics. Congressman Bob McEwen [OH-R] called this morning to congratulate me. He said that at his dinner table last night, the other six guests - all Republicans - had chosen Democratic ballots and voted for, yep, Vic Wulsin! He says the Repubs want her OUT (he barely lost to her in the ‘06 primary, so remember where he’s coming from) and want a reasonable alternative. So, I’d like to think some of the crossing-over comes from a desire to get Schmidt out. As an epidemiologist, I look forward to crunching some numbers to see where the biggest “crossing-over” occurred, and how that affected the Clinton:Obama ratio and the Wulsin:Black ratio.
Okay, first, why the hell is Bob McEwen calling Victoria Wulsin to congratulate her? Can that man possibly do more to destroy his reputation? And two: How whacked is Victoria Wulsin if she thinks the reason crossover voters went for her is because they like her better? Uh no. The reason they voted for her is for the same reason they voted for Hillary. Because she's easier to beat in the fall. Third: What does an epidemiologist know about cross-over voters? What does she think they are, disease-addled bird flu victims?
And check out this comment, where she talks about bringing jobs to Southern Ohio by building windmill factories:
Preznit - Great. I think we could also bring jobs to southern Ohio by actually manufacturing the windmills and solar-mills that we’re going to need to become energy independent. We are at the beginning of a paradigm-shift in how we create, use, and conserve energy.
Forget the Ford Plant or anything in Portsmouth. Let's build windmill factories! Everyone tilt at windmills! Come on, let's go. Tilt, tilt, tilt. Hey you--you're not tilting far enough. You need to tilt a little more... to the left.
It's so ridiculous. And she's got the completely wrong strategy. Read through all of her comments, and it's pretty clear that she thinks the district has lurched wildly to the left. She hasn't gotten the memo that Iraq is nowhere near the election issue that it was in 2006. Iraq is going quite well right now, even The New York Times knows that. Another memo she hasn't gotten? The one that says candidates should NEVER leave comments on blogs. That's what campaign lackeys are for. Hilarious.
UPDATE: WMD has commentary on this as well. Funny comments ensure, mostly from the prominent local conservative blogger crowd. I'm guessing this is the last time Bob McEwen calls Victoria Wulsin up for a tête-à-tête.