"The DCCC loves using Republican cartoonish arch-villains as whipping boys"."But they don't
actually do anything about defeating any of them at the polls"
Howie Klein, of the Down With Tyranny blog and Blue America PAC, calls out the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for failing to help Rob Zerban in his underdog campaign to defeat Paul Ryan:
The DCCC loves using Republican cartoonish arch-villains as whipping boys. They're always sending out press releases and even putting together ads attacking the worst GOP figures, particularly Cantor, Boehner and Ryan. But they don't actually do anything about defeating any of them at the polls....
And this year, when Ryan finally does have a serious opponent, Rob Zerban, what does the DCCC do? Kick back and issue press releases about how awful Paul Ryan's Medicare-killing plans are-- to the media everywhere in America. But take on Ryan directly? Or even help Zerban go after Ryan? Don't be silly....
I challenge the DCCC to help Rob Zerban actually beat Paul Ryan and put an end to the gravest threat facing the American middle class. If the DCCC writes a check to Zerban's campaign this week for $5,000, Blue America will match it, dollar for dollar. Come on, big shots. What about you, Israel? Crowley? Wasserman Schultz? Let's see a DCCC check for Rob Zerban's campaign to actually put an end to Ryan's career instead of all the bullshit sending petitions to Republicans so they have something to laugh about.http://thepaulryanwatch.blogspot.com/2012/03/challenge-to-dccc-to-actually-help-rob.html
But you're right. After a while those incumbents get way too comfortable.
They take themselves way too seriously, anyway, and before you know
it everyone else takes them too seriously as well.
I remember seeing Sensenbrenner debate his challenger some years ago,
and it looked like a scene from Animal Farm. The normally porcine Republican,
in his best pin-striped campaigning suit, looked positively Orwellian on that
small stage. Not so much because you expected to see trotters and hooves
sticking past the sleeves and cuffs, but because of the smugness.
Some candidates being "more equal than others" works out well for him,
as it does for Ryan.