The point here is that Republican constituents take their leaders to task unlike Democrats. If you ever listened to evil right-wing radio, you would know this. Rush, Hannity, Beck, all of them. Bush took a lot of ship from all those commentators and voters alike.<quoted text>
The phone solicitations made millions upon millions and were far stronger than the RNC, as many were just disguised under other names for the same organization. The biggest hit the GOP propaganda goon squad took was Jack Abramoff's little ditty. It had them crazy and more than likely it lines up perfectly with the timeline in your story above.
Not to take away anything from DumBama, but he had a great advantage because of all the Republican voters that stayed home during the McCain and Romney elections.