Frist: "Democrats win landslide victory"

The Republicans' former leader in the Senate sends out a fundraising e-mail warning of a possible electoral disaster.

Published May 30, 2008 7:17PM (EDT)

Republicans haven't made any secret of their fear that 2008 could be a very bad year for the party's congressional candidates. But former Tennessee Sen. Bill Frist, who was once the party's majority leader, took the public fretting to another level in a recent fundraising e-mail he sent on behalf of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

In the e-mail, which was sent out under the subject line "Democrats Win Landslide Victory," Frist writes:

I have a real fear of waking up to this headline after the elections this fall ... In key states, news accounts indicate Democrats are outpacing Republicans registering voters. We also know Barack Obama's campaign is utilizing the Internet to raise record amounts of money to support his campaign and Democrats nationally ... all in the hope that new voters and record resources will produce a Democrat landslide victory this fall.

There's so much at risk, and conservatives I talk with from all across the country are feeling the rumblings of "what could be." But we must urgently realize that is "what WILL be" if we don't energize our grassroots and get to work right away.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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