In the last month, we have seen a freshman Democrat switch parties (after the national Dems pumped a million dollars into that race) and 11 House Dems state they will not seek re-election. Of those 11, 7 are believed to be in districts where the GOP is likely to win.
Recent main-stream media pundits report that more Democrats in DC will be switching party affiliation “soon”. Today, “The Hill” reports that a fifth “formidable” Democrat candidate has withdrawn from challenging a GOP incumbent.
Democrat and prominent political handicapper Charlie Cook, publisher of “The Cook Political Report”, responded to a question from the host of MSNBC’s “Hardball With Chris Matthews” last week. He said “I would not be surprised to see no Republican incumbent, House or Senate, lose…” in the 2010 mid-term elections.
In an article he authored this week, Cook also said that as the Democrats reach the end of 2009,
“instead of celebrating, they are bitterly divided. Former Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean and liberal bloggers are urging the Senate to defeat the health care bill. Many are criticizing President Barack Obama for compromising too much, saying the proposal doesn’t go far enough, while more moderate and conservative Democrats are petrified the bill and the President’s agenda are too ambitious and will cost them re-election next year.”
Apparently, some Democrats are getting the message and getting out now. More will get the message as the year goes on and for some, the message will become loud and clear on November 2, 2010.