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August 01, 2008

DSCC goes after Dole's effectiveness

Having just put out our own Senate power rankings this week, it’s amusing to see how another group’s “power rankings” are making it into a commercial attacking Sen. Elizabeth Dole for her alleged lack of influence.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is citing the website Congress.org and its “power rankings” as the crux for its first attack ad on Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.). The ad attacks Dole for being only the 93rd most effective member of the Senate, according to the group's tally.

“She can’t fix gas prices from 93rd place, or create jobs, and she sure hasn’t fixed immigration from 93rd place,” a narrator in the ad says. “Elizabeth Dole, after 40 years in Washington, not as effective as you might think.”

Much of the rankings criteria, at first glance, are out of Dole’s control. With Democrats in control of the Senate, only three of the top 22 most influential senators are Republican – and two of them are its presidential nominee John McCain and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. And with Dole only being a first-term senator, it would be hard for her to rank highly on the list no matter her legislative accomplishments.

Indeed, one would think that Dole’s opponent, state senator Kay Hagan, would begin near the bottom of the list if she won the election.

The ad just went up today, and is the DSCC’s first ad against Dole in the campaign. The Dole campaign said they will be responding to the ad with one of their own later this week.