The Senate's top Democrat is playing a starring role in campaign ads and fundraising pitches across the country—but on behalf of Republicans.They can try all they want, but to understand why their new scheme is doomed to failure you need not look beyond the fact that the last time Republicans tried running against Reid in a swing state, they lost—and he won. And that was in 2010, which by any measure was a better year for Republicans than 2014 will be.
GOP leaders have launched a new effort to try to turn Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada into a political symbol of all that ails Washington, just as they did with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California in past election years. [...]
Kirsten Kukowski, an RNC spokeswoman, said the party would try to make Mr. Reid as famous as Mrs. Pelosi. "Harry Reid is just as much, if not more, of a lightning rod with our base, and now we have to educate the rest," she said.
The bottom-line is that Republicans are desperate for something to replace their Obamacare repeal strategy and that's not a sign of strength—it's a sign of weakness.