By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers
Republicans will probably have enough senators to block Democratic domination, but the margin is too close for comfort, and the group dedicated to electing GOP senators is quickly revamping to get ready for the 2010 midterms. Today, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is to name a new communications and finance boss. Brian Walsh, the press guy for the new NRSC chair, Texas Sen. John Cornyn, takes the top media post, and Dorinda Moss, who is close to Newt Gingrich, becomes the finance chair.
Senators have big expectations for Cornyn on two fronts: money and message. On the money end, being from Texas is considered a very big plus because Cornyn has a vast landscape to tap for donations. On the message front, senators are hoping he can gin up a strategic election plan to win back some of the seats lost to Democrats as that party has reached 58 seats in the Senate. We've known Walsh for a long time, and he seems like a good fit in the new job. What's more, his allies have his back. Former top House and Senate press chief Ron Bonjean tells me, "I hired Brian to be a press intern when I worked for Rep. Kay Granger. He is a talented and aggressive communications force and will be perfect at the NRSC. One thing we all know about Brian: He is always on. Brian Walsh is like Chuck Norris. He does not sleep. He waits."