2008 The Other Big Story for 2008
posted by November 9 at 13:30 PMon
Posted by Ryan S. Jackson
Lost among bigger headlines yesterday was an announcement by the House Democratic leadership that many of their vulnerable incumbents may be on their own financially—because the House Democrats intend to pour money into targeting 40 Republican seats, an ambitious plan that will almost certainly include Washington’s own Republican Rep. Dave Reichert of Bellevue.
Dueling reports from wonk-heavy sources tell the tale of two sides going in very opposite directions: The Politico’s report on the new Democratic plan dovetails with The Hill’s report on hand-wringing among the House Republican leadership as they come up short for both money and credible candidates. Combined with two new retirements on the Republican side this morning, things are not looking particularly bright for conservative lawmakers.
The view from the Senate also has the look of an expanding electoral sinkhole for Republicans; major retirements in Virginia and New Mexico, ugly approval ratings in generally reliably conservative states like Alaska and Kentucky, and traditionally close races in states like Oregon, Minnesota, and New Hampshire have raised the prospect of a filibuster-proof 60 seat majority for Democrats.
Roughly translated, the possibility for the largest Democratic majority in Congress since the Goldwater landslide of 1964 is becoming less and less of a pipe dream—a story that might end up being as big, or bigger, than the presidential race.