Republicans Say Yes to Recruitment; Dems the New 'Party of No'

Last month, I penned a piece for the U.S. News & World Report highlighting the recruiting successes Republicans have had over Democrats, both in senatorial and congressional races. Since then, the successful GOP recruitment has only continued.

This week alone, National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Chairman John CornynJohn CornynReport: Investor visa program mainly funds wealthy areas GOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election Conservatives backing Trump keep focus on Supreme Court MORE (Texas) has two major successes to herald — the prime recruitment of New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteLate polls show Dems gaining in governor races High anxiety for GOP Trump: 'Very disappointed' GOP senator dropped support MORE, who was appointed to the position by the Democratic governor, and Illinois Rep. Mark KirkMark KirkGreat Lakes senators seek boost for maritime system GOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election Iran sending ships to Yemeni coast after US ship fires at Houthi sites MORE, both of whom jumped into Senate races in their respective states. These are top recruits for the GOP.

Is the news as good for Democrats? Yeah, not so much.

In the same week that Minnesota Sen. Al FrankenAl FrankenGretchen Carlson to testify before Congress Great Lakes senators seek boost for maritime system Court ruling could be game changer for Dems in Nevada MORE (yes, we can officially call him that now) gave Senate Democrats a filibuster-proof majority, Democrats can't seem to land the candidates they need. In Illinois, Attorney General Lisa Madigan said no to a race after overtures from White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Senate Majority Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinGreat Lakes senators seek boost for maritime system Wikileaks: Durbin pushed unknown Warren for Obama bank regulator The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE, both from Illinois, and a private audience with Chicagoan Barack ObamaBarack ObamaObama in Nevada: 'Heck no' to Trump, Joe Heck Lots of (just) talk about 'draining the swamp' America’s Eastern European mess MORE. One can't overstate this recruiting failure, especially after Emanuel called Madigan the "800-pound gorilla" (not usually a compliment one gives a lady) and the "most popular figure in the state of Illinois."

That loss was bad enough, but it was not the only recruiting failure surfacing for Democrats this week. Despite repeated overtures, popular South Dakota Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, who represents an at-large seat — meaning that she has been elected statewide — said no to challenging Sen. John ThuneJohn ThuneGOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election Republicans question FCC watchdog's 'independence' The Trail 2016: Sinister plot MORE (R).

Not to be outdone is the Empire State, where Rep. Carolyn Maloney said no to pleas from Democratic leaders to stay of out a primary against newly appointed Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandMusic streamer Spotify joins Gillibrand’s push for paid family leave Gillibrand proposes sexual assault reforms for Merchant Marine Academy Podesta floated Bill Gates, Bloomberg as possible Clinton VPs MORE. Making her "no" more emphatic, Maloney announced a trump card: the support of former President Bill ClintonBill ClintonWhat would a Hillary Clinton presidency look like? 56 memorable moments from a wild presidential race Bill Clinton: We're entering era that will 'make the 90s look like small potatoes' MORE. In other words, in the New York Democratic primary, it's game on!

With headline after headline burying the Republican Party, it's important to point out where things are going right for the party. So it must be noted that John Cornyn's team has repeatedly outraised Democrats — both in funding and in actual candidates.

There's an old saying in Washington: "When the president calls, you say yes." When it comes to candidate recruitment, however, it appears the Democrats make up the "Party of No."