"Republican strategists are quick to point out that a superior GOTV operation is unlikely, on its own, to salvage races in which their candidate is trailing by even as little as 3 points," Roll Call says. "But for those races in which the Republican is within 2 points or less, they argue that an effective ground game could be the difference between victory and defeat. And they believe their superior turnout operation may help them overcome a sense among pundits that the Republican base will be depressed on Election Day, literally and figuratively."
Some Senate Republicans aren't sharing the wealth with needier colleagues, the Washington Times says.
(Liberal bloggers are nagging safe Democratic lawmakers to do the same.)
The Washington Times writes up the White House's change of heart in favor of having a public signing ceremony for the border fence bill, now scheduled for Thursday. The White House formerly "had appeared reluctant to tie itself so publicly to the enforcement-only measure," but "Republicans in Congress had demanded a public signing, with leaders saying the bill is a major accomplishment that will help their re-election prospects."
The Los Angeles Times observes that the Republican party's broad effort "to draw Latinos and blacks into the Republican Party... is in danger of collapse amid anger over the immigration debate and claims that Republican leaders have not delivered on promises to direct more money to church-based social services... The disaffection comes as Republicans face a challenge in building enthusiasm for the upcoming election among white evangelicals and other conservatives... Taken together, the unhappiness among these groups could threaten GOP hopes of minimizing losses in" the midterms "and may undercut the party's goal of keeping the presidency in 2008."