So it'll be challenging, to say the least. But as Democrats discuss their strategy to defy history—which includes re-recruiting candidates who did well but still lost in 2012—the Republican response is quite bizarre:
Republicans argue that Democrats are going down the wrong path in trying to field candidates like Demings, a former Orlando police chief, and Mullen, an Army veteran and political neophyte, saying they have yet to demonstrate they can win a high-profile congressional race.What a weird, odd thing to say. Here's a list of Democrats elected in 2012 who have lost previous Congressional races:
“If voters are looking for a reincarnation of something from the past, they’re better off watching the new ‘Dallas,’” said Andrea Bozek, a National Republican Congressional Committee spokeswoman.
AZ-01, Ann Kirkpatrick. Third race (won in 2008, lost in 2010).
CA-07, Ami Bera. Second race (lost in 2010).
CA-41, Mark Takano. Third race (lost in 1992 & 1994).
FL-09, Alan Grayson. Fourth race (lost primary in 2006, won in 2008, lost in 2010).
FL-26, Joe Garcia. Third race (lost in 2008 & 2010).
IL-08, Tammy Duckworth. Second race (lost in 2006).
IL-11, Bill Foster. Fourth race (won special & general in 2008, lost in 2010).
MN-08, Rick Nolan. Fifth race (lost in 1972, won in 1974, 1976 & 1978).
NV-03, Dina Titus. Third race (won in 2008, lost in 2010).
NH-01, Carol Shea-Porter. Fourth race (won in 2006 & 2008, lost in 2010).
NH-02, Ann McLane Kuster. Second race (lost in 2010).
NY-24, Dan Maffei. Fourth race (lost in 2006, won in 2008, lost in 2010).
WA-10, Denny Heck. Second race (lost in 2010).
And of course, if losing a Congressional campaign was the end of everyone's political careers, then we wouldn't have a President Barack Obama, who got crushed 2-1 (62-31) in a 2000 primary against Rep. Bobby Rush in the Illinois 1st Congressional District.