Monday, September 6, 2010

Democrats Mobilize To Thwart The GOP Storm

By Thomas Fitzgerald/Philadelphia Inquirer ~ In South Dakota, Democratic Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin's "Flyover Country" commercial shows the checkerboard plains from a jet window. "They look down from 30,000 feet and don't care about our agriculture, our Second Amendment, or our fiscally conservative values," she says.

And in northern Indiana's Second District, Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly shows unflattering photos of President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in one ad as he rips the "Washington crowd."

It's the go-to slogan for endangered Democrats everywhere this midterm election: Don't blame me. I'm on your side.

And that may be the wisest approach. With the traditional Labor Day weekend start to the fall campaign under way, evidence is mounting that Democrats could lose control of the House and even see their hold on the Senate threatened.

"It's not just a wave election, it's a tsunami," said Mike Hudome, a Republican media consultant handling several House races across the country, including in Pennsylvania's Seventh District. "We're going to have seats in play that have no business being in play. All anybody cares about are jobs and the economy. People are scared to death."

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