GOP All in for Another Exciting Senate Loss - Granite Grok

GOP All in for Another Exciting Senate Loss

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I had a brilliant idea last week: I would call the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) and suggest a party luminary contact Trish Regan and urge her to run for U.S. Senate.

With Sununu out, I said, we need a national-stage candidate to defeat Maggie Hassan. The economy will be the big issue, she’d be perfect! It was so obvious! I was excited.

The cog who answers the phone immediately douses my enthusiasm.

“Oh no,” says he. “We can’t get involved in a primary, that’s up to the local GOP. Have you contacted them?”

“They have a dreadful record,” I say. “Oh-for-ten in the last ten federal elections! That’s why I’m calling you.” I was still a believer.

“Oh no,” The Cog repeats gently. “We can’t do that–it says so right on our website, have you looked at that?”

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I’m confused. Website?

“But McConnell was up here wooing Sununu,” I said. “And so was Rick Scott!”

“That’s different,” says The Cog confidently. “He was already a candidate!”

 “No he wasn’t, he hadn’t ‘made up his mind yet,’ that’s why they were here. Plus it’s still a primary, whether or not someone is ‘declared’ is irrelevant.”

“I’m sorry, it’s up to the local and state committee to recruit candidates,” The Cog repeats doggedly.

“But they’re oh-and-ten!”

Correctly sensing I am getting annoyed, The Cog tries to boost my morale with condescending patter.

“I have complete confidence in New Hampshire,” he says cheerfully. “You’re the ‘Live Free and Die’ state!”

Put in my place by a cog, I did the only sensible thing left: I said goodbye and hung up.

After I calmed down, I thought about it more. I didn’t see why courting Sununu was different, but what did I know? Maybe there was some logic here that escaped me? I didn’t really know the ins and outs of upper-level politicking, maybe parties don’t deal in dark hallways anymore? I calmed down.

Imagine my surprise when, just a few days later, I read that the NRSC called Chuck Morse to get him to jump into the senate race!*

I think of calling The Cog back. “I’m shocked!” I can hear him say, a perfect impression of the late New Hampshire resident Claude Rains in Casablanca. “There’s gambling going on here?” He goes on in my head. “I’m shocked, shocked… Oh, here are your winnings, Mr. Morse.”

A more appropriate ending would be, “Here are your winnings, Maggie Hassan.”