I am on good terms with folks at the National Republican Congressional Committee, which is why I will gently let them know that I think they may want to rethink, among other things, comments like this one to National Journal (subscription required):
That financial picture has contributed to the belief among Democratic and Republican operatives close to the special election that it may now be a contest between Owens and a hard-charging Hoffman, with the Republican nominee flagging. “Dede Scozzafava has become the spoiler in this race,” said Hoffman’s senior communications adviser, Rob Ryan. “For the good of her career and the GOP, she should drop out.”
Don’t bet on that happening. “Party bosses in New York have been sold a bill of goods in the form of Doug Hoffman’s deceptive smoke-and-mirrors campaign, but fortunately they aren’t the ones deciding this election,” said Paul Lindsay, a spokesman for the NRCC, which has produced Web ads attacking Hoffman’s conservative bona fides. “We will continue to remind New Yorkers that a vote for Hoffman or Bill Owens is a vote for Nancy Pelosi and her far-left, radical agenda.” (SEE UPDATE BELOW)
I suspect Lindsay’s comment is in response to some skeptical comments about Scozzafava from state party leaders. [again, SEE UPDATE BELOW] But I would note that it was party bosses in New York — i.e., the chairs of the county Republican parties — who made Scozzafava the nominee. A candidate who can’t complete an interview without calling 911 seems like a tough sell in a primary election.
Believe me, NRCC, a lot of people are complaining about “party bosses in New York” right now, but not for the reasons you guys are.
UPDATE: This e-mail from the NRCC changes things a bit:
Hey Jim the quote you attribute to Paul is missing the first word, “conservative”
Below is the comment he emailed to NJ about the race and Hoffman. We just saw the quote was wrong there as well.
“Conservative Party bosses in New York have been sold a bill of goods in the form of Doug Hoffman’s deceptive smoke and mirrors campaign, but fortunately they aren’t the ones deciding this election.”
Well, this means it isn’t aimed at dissenting Republicans; having said that, the idea of the folks behind Scozzafava complaining about anybody’s “party bosses” is pretty scoff-worthy.
The NRCC is going to get a lot of grief over how they’re handling this race.