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The Surprising Democratic Firewall
The Hotline ^ | October 7, 2010 | Reid Wilson

Posted on 10/07/2010 4:16:59 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued

Democrats are endeavoring, in essence, to find the edge of the Republican wave and begin fighting back. By defending members who are least at risk, the theory goes, they can put those races away early, leaving them free to concentrate their fire on Republican candidates more likely to win Democratic seats.

A senior Democratic official familiar with the party's spending habits described the playing field as akin to a bull's-eye: Democrats work at the margins to shrink the bull's-eye, defending candidates who are easily saved before moving on to more vulnerable members, erecting a firewall against the advancing Republican storm.

(Excerpt) Read more at hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com ...


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1 posted on 10/07/2010 4:17:02 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: randita; InterceptPoint; Impy; AuH2ORepublican; SunkenCiv; PhiKapMom; MplsSteve

I hate to say anything good about the ‘Rat Party, but this plan is a clever one, albeit one borne out of desperation. The goal is to start attacking Republican candidates in second-tier races and keep them from becoming first-tier races, than helping the most vulnerable ‘Rat incumbents after the the second-tier races are made secure.


2 posted on 10/07/2010 4:19:26 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama's more worried about Israelis building houses than he is about Islamists building atomic bombs)
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To: Clintonfatigued
This week, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee began running ads in seats held by Reps. Bill Delahunt (Mass.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Phil Hare (Ill.), Bill Foster (Ill.), Leonard Boswell (Iowa), Sanford Bishop (Ga.), and John Salazar (Colo.). In each district, Democrats won re-election by significant, if not overwhelming, margins in 2008. Now, Democrats view every one of those seats as endangered.

They chose 7 seats to firewall? That alone, along with the info above should scare the he11 out of the moderarate and at-risk RATS. Guess they're making room under the bus for y'all.

3 posted on 10/07/2010 4:20:58 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (3(0|\|0/\/\1($ 101: (4P174L1$/\/\ R3QU1r3$ (4P174L. Could it be any more simple?)
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To: Clintonfatigued

The Democrat Borg are going down.


4 posted on 10/07/2010 4:23:17 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (counter revolutionary)
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To: Clintonfatigued
This is sorta like the Japanese defense of their carriers at Midway. Early on, they concentrated their air cover on the American torpedo bombers which were easy prey and virtually wiped them out. Unfortunately for them, by doing so, they allowed American dive bombers to have comparatively unfettered access to their carriers.

Perhaps the Republican candidates in the California or Maryland races are reprising the role of Torpedo Squadron 8.

5 posted on 10/07/2010 4:29:22 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: Mr. Lucky

And who amongst them is playing the part of Ens. George Gay?


6 posted on 10/07/2010 4:35:08 PM PDT by JoenTX (Don't Tread on Me)
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To: Clintonfatigued

This is standard political strategy for defending an endangered majority. Our side does the same thing in a bad year.


7 posted on 10/07/2010 4:35:29 PM PDT by Rockingham
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To: JoenTX

Well, to continue the analogy: in the confusion of the battle, the Democrats will think they’ve killed off somebody they haven’t; but, in any event, the ammunition they have to expend on the easy targets won’t be available for the more difficult ones.


8 posted on 10/07/2010 4:45:59 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: Mr. Lucky

It is a tragedy that so few Americans know that story. The words “Torpedo 8” should be sacred in this country.


9 posted on 10/07/2010 4:50:28 PM PDT by Castlebar
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To: Castlebar

It is that, Castle.....


10 posted on 10/07/2010 4:55:46 PM PDT by JoenTX (Don't Tread on Me)
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To: JoenTX

Which Republican candidate do you consider to be an easy one to “shoot down” while the rest of them hammer the Democrat Aircraft Carrier? The part of Ens. Gay would be played by that Republican.


11 posted on 10/07/2010 5:11:48 PM PDT by Enterprise (As a disaster unfolds, a putz putts.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Firewall? Triage is probably more descriptive.


12 posted on 10/07/2010 5:41:08 PM PDT by Joe Bfstplk
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To: Clintonfatigued

That isn’t the plan at all. They’re abandoning the highly exposed races they’ve already lost. They’re fighting for dear life to hang on to the next group of exposed seats. In another week, they will likely be moving on to folks like Ike Skelton and Barney Frank. It’s going to be a bloodbath.


13 posted on 10/07/2010 6:06:22 PM PDT by liberlog
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To: liberlog; InterceptPoint
I agree. This seems like a fallback and retrench maneuver.

Judging from the ranked list here, the retrenchment is occurring very near and even into the Leans D ranked seats, which is beyond the 40 gains needed for the GOP to retake the House. Retrenching in the 50th to 70th ranked likely GOP pickups indicates to me that they know they are going to lose the battle, but they are working feverishly to contain the losses.

I would not consider this a 2nd Tier (Likely D) shore up, then work up to the middle. This is starting just below the Toss Up range, which might indicate they think the GOP is going to win most of the Toss Ups. The Likely D races are meaningless to the Dems if they can't save most of their Leans D seats. They have way too many Lean D seats to defend to spread money into the Likely D and Safe D range.

See:

Key House Races Ranked List

14 posted on 10/07/2010 6:42:04 PM PDT by randita (Visit keyhouseraces.com to find GOP House candidates who need your support to knock off a DEM.)
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To: liberlog
In another week, they will likely be moving on to folks like Ike Skelton and Barney Frank.

From your keyboard to God's ears..

15 posted on 10/07/2010 6:46:08 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (The Professional Left: Using Your Money to Promote Their Ideology Since the 1930's)
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To: Clintonfatigued; AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; blueyon; ...

Thanks Clintonfatigued.

Fox News Polls: Democrats Face Tough Job Building Senate Firewall ...
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2597640/posts

Northeast Is the Democrats’ Firewall
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/gop/2597188/posts

Strickland Pushes Ohio’s 2012 Firewall Strategy
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2598295/posts

NYT: DEMS PLAN ‘FIREWALL’ TO SAVE HOUSE... DEVELOPING...
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2583336/posts


16 posted on 10/07/2010 8:41:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Obama/Pelosi forced the 'blue-dog' Democrats to move to the Left and exposed them to defeat.

They were expendable and they will lose.

The key issue now is for the GOP to undo the damage that Pelosi/Reid/Obama have done.

17 posted on 10/07/2010 9:41:29 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (When the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn (Pr.29:2))
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To: Castlebar

Regarding VT-8, Tally Ho!

Fox One. Weapons Free. Fire at will. Full speed ahead. Fire for effect.

Or from a Cav officers viewpoint:

Gunner, Dems in the open
Beehive
Identified
Up
Fire
On the way!


18 posted on 10/08/2010 6:02:01 AM PDT by S.O.L.
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To: Rockingham; SunkenCiv; Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; Just A Nobody; smoothsailing; RedRover; ...
This is standard political strategy for defending an endangered majority.

Exactly. The only thing the posted article reveals is that the House Democrats are in deep trouble. Each side has to maximize the efficiency of its financial resources and win the most seats it can with what is available. But even the smartest card players can't win with a bad hand, and a bad hand is exactly what the congressional 'Rats are holding right now.

19 posted on 10/08/2010 12:29:53 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: Rockingham; SunkenCiv; Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; Just A Nobody; smoothsailing; RedRover; ...
This is standard political strategy for defending an endangered majority.

Exactly. The only thing the posted article reveals is that the House Democrats are in deep trouble. Each side has to maximize the efficiency of its financial resources and win the most seats it can with what is available. But even the smartest card players can't win with a bad hand, and a bad hand is exactly what the congressional 'Rats are holding right now.

20 posted on 10/08/2010 12:31:20 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: Enterprise
Which Republican candidate do you consider to be an easy one to “shoot down” while the rest of them hammer the Democrat Aircraft Carrier? The part of Ens. Gay would be played by that Republican.

Delaware COD. The Dems are spending millions on that race. For a fraction of what they are spending going after O'Donnell they could have swamped the airwaves in Washington and West Virginia.
21 posted on 10/08/2010 12:37:23 PM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: GonzoGOP

The main reason they are going nuts about O’Donnell is that if she wins, she is eligible to be sworn in because it is an open seat and she can start obstructing the Obama agenda without having to wait until January. She is their number one high priority target. Yet if she loses, it can be a Pyrrhic victory for the DEMS because they had to sacrifice the elections of other candidates to fund her defeat.


22 posted on 10/08/2010 12:46:48 PM PDT by Enterprise (As a disaster unfolds, a putz putts.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Armies that have and keep the initiative always win the battle. Being forced to constantly respond to the moves of the other side is always a losing proposition.


23 posted on 10/08/2010 1:25:25 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Armies that have and keep the initiative always win the battle.)
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To: justiceseeker93

Thanks for the ping!


24 posted on 10/08/2010 8:11:37 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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