Here’s what I wrote in The Guardian last week, about what President-elect Barack Obama’s sweeping (outside of the deep South) victory meant for Republicans.
In 2006, liberal newspaper publisher John Yarmuth scored an upset victory in Kentucky’s 2nd district, which contains the city of Louisville and had voted only 51-49 for Kerry. This year Yarmuth won a rematch with his 2006 opponent as Obama carried the district by 13 points. Freshman Democrat Chris Murphy represents a Connecticut district that split 49-49 between Kerry and Bush but went by 14 points for Obama. Seats like these fall off of Republican target lists – strategists from both parties mark them “safe” and move on.
Daily Kos diarist brownsox today shows off a National Republican Congressional Committee press release that gives a hint of the party’s 2010 targets. Not on the list? John Yarmuth and Chris Murphy.