War Rooms Revealed: Why are Repubs, Dems bringing reporters into the sausage factory?

Matt K. Lewis Senior Contributor
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Today seems to be the day for “process” stories demonstrating how political parties are willing to fight hard.

Over at ABC News, Jake Tapper posts a video of his “exclusive look inside the GOP war room.”

Meanwhile, RollCall’s Shira Toeplitz pens “An inside look at the DCCC research department.”

Among the interesting things Toeplitz uncovers is that, when digging up dirt on Republicans in their home states, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Research Director Kevin McKeon, “likes to bring doughnuts on the second day to charm the archives secretary.”

Exit question: Political operations typically don’t invite reporters to poke around and see how the sausage is made. Oppo research skullduggery and “war rooms” tend to be perceived by the public as a negative part of campaigning. Why highlight that? Is this simply the result of journalists turning to “process” stories now that the general election has begun? Or are the respective sides anxious displaying their “macho” sides, in order to prove their toughness?

Watch ABC’s Jake Tapper go inside the GOP war room:


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