U.S. Rep Michele Bachmann (R-MN) waits her turn to speak at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, California October 20, 2011. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
No surprise that Democrats would be focusing 2014 efforts on Michele Bachmann.
Republican gerrymandering means it's going to be hard for Democrats to take back the House in 2014. And that in turn means that if Democrats are going to have any chance to do it, they can't just relax until later in the cycle—the campaign against potentially vulnerable Republicans has to keep going. Which is what House Majority PAC is planning, announcing an initial target list of 10 Republican House members:
That means running ads on the airwaves and online, as well as working social networks and local media in advance of the general election. [...]

Democratic super PACs played an influential role in 2012, but only later in the cycle as their fundraising accelerated and their political operations ramped up to full speed. This is the first campaign in which super PACs on the Democratic side will have the opportunity to play at this scale so early in the election cycle.

The campaign will target Colorado's Mike Coffman, New York's Michael Grimm, Minnesota's Michele Bachmann and John Kline, Illinois' Rodney Davis, Pennsylvania's Mike Fitzpatrick, Nevada's Joe Heck, Ohio's David Joyce, Florida's Steve Southerland, and California's Gary Miller. Bachmann, of course, needs no introduction. Coffman is a birther who took less than 48 percent in a district that went for Barack Obama. Grimm has had some seriously questionable finances and his district rather unexpectedly went for Obama. Gary Miller is in a Democratic-leaning, heavily Latino district but managed to have no Democratic opposition in the general thanks to California's top-two primary system.

There is as yet no more specific word on what House Majority PAC will be doing in these districts and when—no example of an ad and information on the size of the buy, for instance—but the group says this is just an initial list that will be expanded through the cycle.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 06:45 AM PST.

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