I know it seems like a long time away, but the 2014 election will be here before we know it.
We have an excellent opportunity to take back the Senate and severely hamstring Obama’s statist schemes for the last 2 years of his 2nd term. We need to take 6 seats currently held by Democrats, and they have many more seats up for election in 2014 than Republicans do.
Here are the targets*:
IF YOU HAPPEN TO LIVE IN ONE OF THESE STATES: Please keep a close tabs on the Senator named above. We lost elections in 2012 merely because the media scrutinizes every sentence a Republican utters, but gives a free pass to Democrats.
If you see or hear anything that might be potentially damaging to the election of one of these Senators in 2014, please let me know!!
Also keep in mind that these senators know they are vulnerable, and contacting them via phone, email, or mail will persuade their voting on important bills more than it will other democrats.
*inspired by Sarah Palin
Jay Rockefeller has announced that he will not be seeking re-election. Political analyst Stuart Rothenberg explains why certain Democrats are vulnerable:
Sen. Max Baucus, who was first elected to the House in 1974 and then to the Senate four years later, could find himself with a serious challenge. But the Montana Democrat begins with an advantage, especially after fellow Democratic Sen. Jon Tester’s re-election victory last year.
Alaska Sen. Mark Begich barely won in 2008 on the basis of absentee votes and veteran incumbent Ted Stevens’ conviction on corruption charges for making false statements on financial disclosure forms (a conviction that was later vacated), and his state’s preference for Republicans obviously puts him at risk. But seniority and personal relationships matter in Alaska, and that could help the Democratic senator.
Like Begich, North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan won primarily because of the Democratic wave of 2008, though the weakness of incumbent Republican Elizabeth Dole surely played a role in the challenger’s victory. But what had been a fairly reliably Republican state has become more competitive recently, as evidenced by Mitt Romney’s narrow victory in the state in November.
But unlike Baucus or Begich, Hagan already has a potentially formidable Republican challenger circling her; state Speaker Thom Tillis is mulling a Senate bid.
Baucus, Begich or Hagan could well end up in serious trouble next year, but for now the distinction of most vulnerable incumbent senator surely boils down to either Arkansas’ Mark Pryor or Louisiana’s Mary L. Landrieu.
He continues to explain his rationale for saying why Mark Pryor is the weakest Democrat for re-election, with Landrieu a close second.
Also, retweet my story ridiculing Kay Hagan’s “twitter townhall” failure.
U.S. Senator from Iowa Tom Harkin has announced that he will not be running for re-election in 2014.
This makes the third in addition to Jay Rockefeller and Tim Johnson no the list that won’t be running – meanwhile the other weak seats have amassed millions in contributions already in order to defend their seats.