Monday’s Campaign Round-Up, 12.8.14

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that won’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:
 
* As if Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D) loss wasn’t bad enough for Louisiana Democrats, Republicans also won two congressional runoff races in the Pelican State over the weekend.
 
* It was generally assumed that Democrats were putting some money behind Greg Orman’s independent Senate campaign in Kansas this year, but now it’s confirmed – the Senate Majority PAC directed at least $1.5 million to groups backing Orman. It didn’t end up mattering; Orman still lost by double digits.
 
* Right-wing activist David Bozell, who leads a group called ForAmerica, claims to have a “digital army” on Facebook that will punish any Republican presidential candidate who strays from party orthodoxy.
 
* American Bridge this morning released a 2016 “Scouting Report” on all of the Republicans eyeing the presidential race. The lengthy document covers 20 possible candidates and spans nearly 200 pages.
 
* 2014 obviously didn’t go the way Dems hoped, by new DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Lujan doesn’t see the need for a wholesale overhaul. Noting that the DCCC kept House Democratic losses to only 13 seats, the New Mexico Democrat said, “As we’re moving into all of this, that’s something to build off of.”
 
* In the latest Bloomberg Politics Poll, Hillary Clinton leads each of her potential Republican rivals in hypothetical match-ups, by margins ranging from 6 to 13 points. Jeb Bush was the most competitive GOP candidate; Ted Cruz was the least competitive.
 
* To get a sense of what a modern presidential campaign is like, consider this striking detail: 22 separate individuals were required to sign off on Romney campaign tweets in 2012. And these were the guys who promised to bring private-sector efficiency to the political bureaucracy.
 

Monday's Campaign Round-Up, 12.8.14