Meet Republican State Senator Bob Gibbs.  He’s running against Congressman Zach Space because the last Republican Space crushed decided he really didn’t want to go through with a recount to win the nomination for “token GOPer to get beat by Space.”

So, Gibbs got the honor.  Not a single pundit.  Not one.  Has listed this race as a race likely to flip.  It hasn’t made it on the Top 50 of anyone’s radar screen.

So what does the NRCC do?  They call Gibbs a “Young Gun.”

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After the last reporting FEC reporting deadline, Gibbs was facing a 6:1 cash-on-hand disadvantage to Space.  The NRCC is broke, especially compared to the DCCC.  The Ohio GOP is scrambling to make up $5 million it usually gets from the RNC to help fund GOTV that they got in 2006 and 2008, but aren’t getting in 2010 thanks to Michael Steele’s awesomeness.

Not even the Columbus Dispatch can run Gibbs press release and just bite their tongues as they typed:

State Sen. Bob Gibbs, 56, is the newest Young Guns designated by the National Republican Congressional Committee. The move signals that Gibbs, who is running against Rep. Zack Space, D-Dover, for the 18th Congressional District, "is one of the top candidates in the country," the GOP says.
The Daily Briefing thinks it will just keep its mouth shut on this one.

Nothing like waiting until the final weeks of the campaign to declare what you consider the “top candidates” in the country.  Oh wait, that’s right, they’ve been declaring that all year but not including Gibbs.

Gibbs might get more money from this than he’s raised all cycle, but it still won’t be enough.  My bet is that the NRCC was cow-towed to do this by the conservative movement in Ohio like the NRSC was in giving O’Donnell $40k after she won Tuesday’s primary in Delaware.

Seriously, though, if Gibbs is what Republicans consider to be their Young Guns in the party, can you imagine what the Old Guard looks like?


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