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NRCC Officials Feeling Very Threatened By Hoffman

The NRCC admits it is planning a relentless barrage against Doug Hoffman so that Scozzafava does not come in third.Pitiful.Their advertising will be focused on promoting Scozzafava and dinging Owens, but

Two party officials tell POLITICO that the NRCC will continue to air TV ads propping up Scozzafava in the days leading up to the Nov. 3 contest and plans to keep up a near relentless barrage of press releases slamming Hoffman.

Here’s my favorite part, which is also the most insulting:

Asked why so many prominent Republicans had thrown their support to Hoffman, the official responded, “We’re dealing with data, not hopes and dreams.”

Let me be clear again: I do think Hoffman has a path to victory and the NRCC is ignoring a slew of polls showing Scozzafava slipping to third place, which is why they won’t take the heat off Hoffman. They have to save face.But more importantly, the rest of us are dealing with data too — the data showing Dede Scozzafava is not a Republican. I cannot emphasize this enough: it is far better for the Democrat to win than Scozzafava. It is not because Scozzafava is a moderate, but because she is a liberal. The Inside the Beltway GOP EstablishmentTM needs to know it will either win with its base or not at all. And the base is willing to compromise, just not sell out.

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