Ronna McDaniel’s op-ed is today’s must reading for people that’ve written off the GOP majority in the House. Personally, I’ve written more than a couple posts expressing my disbelief in that ‘conventional wisdom’. Let’s be clear abut this. Historically speaking, this should be a difficult year for Republicans. President Trump’s approval rating isn’t that high. Democrats are definitely energized.

That being said, Republicans are energized, too. We’ve got some great candidates running in the Senate. There’s a backlash against sanctuary city/state laws started in California. While Democrats will hold the governor’s chair in California, don’t be surprised if Republicans do much better than expected in California’s congressional races.

Chairwoman McDaniel’s op-ed highlights what the RNC is doing that isn’t getting much press. For instance, she wrote “Our permanent presence in dozens of states across the country will propel us to defy history come November. Six months out from Election Day, we have more than 300 permanent staff members organized and in place. They are helping us tap into the enthusiasm of grassroots supporters, all of whom are just as excited about President Trump as they were when they first elected him to office.”

This is the nuts-and-bolts part of campaigns that consultants rarely talk about but that makes huge differences in tight races. Don’t be surprised if the RNC’s ground game makes the difference between the GOP losing5-10 seats and Republicans breaking even in the House.

To ensure we defy history, the Republican National Committee is investing $250 million in our midterm election strategy. This is the largest ground game investment we’ve ever made in any cycle. Our field teams are recruiting new and enthusiastic volunteers for our Republican Leadership Initiative program, a competitive six-week program that trains the next generation of Republican grassroots leaders. These leadership fellows are our on the ground, helping us expand our party’s engagement in communities across the country.

Here’s what’s happened as a result of that investment:

To date, we’ve trained over 13,000 leadership fellows this cycle, far surpassing records we set even during presidential years, and we’ve made over 15 million voter contacts. These numbers speak for themselves, and it’s our permanent infrastructure that has enabled us to capitalize on excitement for President Trump and the Republican Party’s agenda.

The other component that Republicans have going for them that the Democrats don’t is the fact that Republicans have an appealing message and a list of accomplishments. Because the Democrats spent all their time resisting, they don’t have any accomplishments to brag about. When the campaigns begin in earnest, this election cycle will look a lot more like 2014 than anything else.

Don’t think that President Trump won’t highlight the Democrats’ lack of accomplishments on the campaign trail. I’m betting the proverbial ranch that he’ll torment Democrats for voting unanimously against the now-popular Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This won’t be fun for Democrats to endure.

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