Spending Points to House Democrats' Pessimism

Look at where Republicans are putting their dollars — and what Nancy Pelosi is telling her members.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (C) greets people during a rally in support of Social Security and Medicare on Capitol Hill September 18, 2014 in Washington, DC. The rally was organized by American United for Change, a liberal advocacy group founded to fight the privitization of Social Security.

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Democrats have given up on winning control of the House, and now they are just hoping to limit the damage in November's elections. Don't ask them – just look at the numbers and listen to what party leaders are telling the rank-and-file privately.

First, a couple of data points.

The National Republican Congressional Committee reported spending money on polling and research in 11 districts on Sept. 30 and Oct. 3 — four are open seats held by Republicans and seven are Democratic-held seats. Translation: The GOP isn't very worried about its incumbents.

On Sept. 30, a heavy spending day for both parties, the NRCC dropped $6 million in independent expenditures, 65 percent of which was directed into Democratic districts. Of the $7.6 million spent by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, 64 percent was directed to districts where Democrats are in power. Translation: Republican spending was 2-to-1 on offense, and Democratic spending was 2-to-1 on defense.

Then, there's House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's less-than-inspiring message on a Democratic Caucus conference call last week. Instead of fighting to win the House, she implored them to fork over cash to the party so that they wouldn't lose seats on House committees when they are re-apportioned based on the election results, according to two people who listened to the call.

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