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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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  •  But is Obama going to campaign in '14 the way (15+ / 0-)

    he campaigned in '12 or the way he didn't in '10?

    Because it will matter. A lot.

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 07:00:50 AM PST

  •  This is excellent news! n/t (7+ / 0-)

    I voted for the human beings.

    by denig on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 07:29:26 AM PST

  •  Really disappointed that Latham (IA) isn't on (1+ / 0-)
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    this list. DM is a D city, Boswell lost because he severely under performed the POTUS- too old and cranky looking.

    WTF!?!?!?! When did I move to the Republic of Gilead?!

    by IARXPHD on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 07:30:13 AM PST

    •  Particularly since Latham may consider... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...a U.S. Senate run in Iowa, and someone like Brad Zaun, who is a right-wing nutcase, would probably win the GOP primary if he were to run for IA-3 in the event Latham runs for higher office.

      Friend of the Wisconsin Uprising from East Central Illinois! IL-15

      by DownstateDemocrat on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 07:31:35 PM PST

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  •  I'm in. We won in 2006 when many thought (13+ / 0-)

    gerrymandred districts would protect the GOP.  We can do it again.  

    Alternative rock with something to say:

    by khyber900 on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 07:34:13 AM PST

  •  The open Senate seats in IA, WV and GA (9+ / 0-)

    along with Republican representatives who run for Senate or Governor in 2014 should open up a number of other pickup opportuniites for Democrats.

    I hope Democrats are actively recruiting solid candidates in these 10 races - and in many, many more. You never know where a pickup opportunity will occur.

    Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

    by bear83 on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 07:36:53 AM PST

  •  yeah, Mike Fitzpatrick (2+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, DownstateDemocrat

    LMK if I can help. He has to go. Very weak. Last election we had a decent candidate, but she had no history and didn't announce until January. It's wealthy here and  socially very liberal. Not much redneck factor anymore.

    •  Will Patrick Murphy come back? (1+ / 0-)
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      JamieG from Md

      He seems to have drifted away from politics since his unexpected primary loss in 2012 for the AG-Race.  Frankly, I think he should have run for his old seat again.  In 2012, with a different turnout, he might have prevailed once more.  He seemed to make a point of saying he wouldn't run for Governor against Tom Corbett.  I hope he decides to come back.  Bill Clinton had two tough losses early on his career and he came right back.  Murphy can do the same.  

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      by SoCalLiberal on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 08:51:32 PM PST

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  •  Hit 'em early, hit 'em late... (6+ / 0-)

    This early cash offensive is good, in that the Repub congress members involved will have to do some fund raising they may not have planned on to keep their popularity index up.

    "We will find fulfillment not in the goods that we have, but in the good we can do for each other." ~ RFK

    by paz3 on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 10:04:01 AM PST

  •  The 10 on the list (1+ / 0-)
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    House Majority PAC’s initial targets include Minnesota Reps. Michele Bachmann and John Kline, Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman, Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis, Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, New York Rep. Michael Grimm, Nevada Rep. Joe Heck, Ohio Rep. David Joyce and Florida Rep. Steve Southerland.

    Many of those members represent suburban toss-up districts – places where campaigns are expensive, but where some Democrats have been competitive in statewide elections. Several of the seats have substantial minority populations, including a sizable Hispanic presence in the Heck and Coffman districts, and a significant African-American population in the Southerland and Davis districts.

    The tenth Republican on the list is California Rep. Gary Miller, whom House Majority PAC spokesman Andy Stone dubbed “the most endangered Republican incumbent in the country.”

    Read more:

    From Politico story linked by Laura.

    There's no such thing as a free market!

    by Albanius on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 02:03:14 PM PST

    •  Go after all repugs in districts carried by Obama (5+ / 0-)

      Daily Kos Elections has been researching this problem, which involves a lot of work because Pres vote data is not reported by CD.  Search for Pres-by-CD tag.

      One district Obama carried is NY-19; Chris Gibson won by about 52-48 against Julian Schreibman. This district is the post reapportionment successor of the historically GOP district long held by right-wing superhawk Gerry Solomon, finally won by Kirsten Gillibrand and held by Scott Murphy in the very close special election to succeed her.  Gibson beat Murphy in the 2010 disaster.  When progressive Maurice Hinchey retired, some of his old district became part of the new NY-19.

      Gibson has a conservative voting record but comes across as a moderate.  With the Randists and Birchers dominating the GOP caucus, he has a lot of bad votes on his record which could be used against him by a strong campaign.

      The same applies to all districts won by Obama.

      There's no such thing as a free market!

      by Albanius on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 02:25:53 PM PST

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    •  We can over take (2+ / 0-)

      Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis.

      Davis narrowly defeated David M. Gill in the election by a margin of 1,002 votes (0.3%)

      this district would be pro Obama + 5 points in a general election but pro a few points in a mid year election.  

      Are anyone else out there that is a bit POed that we lose almost a good quarter of our voters in non presidental years...?

      This guy should be toast but... 2010 was a disaster all across the board......  for the Dems....  Quite sad that the youth vote did not care one bit about turning out in the most important election in well almost forever.  The census only happens every ten years but the Dems seem to be just as short sided as the gop is.

  •  ack ! "target list" !!?? (0+ / 0-)

    with cross marks, or 'engineering' indicators ?
    what... bull's-eyes ??!!!

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    by greenbird on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 07:18:08 PM PST

  •  be a lot easier if local RW radio was monitored (2+ / 0-)
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    Says Who, Mark Mywurtz

    and responded to in real time by those state operations as those local blowhards attackand swiftboat  the dems and defend the republicans

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 07:24:11 PM PST

  •  Why not also target all those (3+ / 0-)
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    Says Who, JamieG from Md, ColoTim

    Republican Gerrymandered Districts just because they vote Republican now doesn't mean their minds can't be changed an if nothing else it would force the Republican Party to fight on their own Barricades thus sapping their strength to attack the Districts they crammed Democratic Voters into with the Gerrymander Plot.

  •  David Joyce — YES! (3+ / 0-)

    Phenomenally weak freshman in a district the GOP here in Ohio didn't bother to gerrymander into a safe district because of Steve LaTourette's inexplicable popularity. Alas for them, LaTourette suddenly retired last August. If the Democrats can recruit a strong candidate, they can pick off the lackluster David Joyce, who is a big nobody.

    Jon Husted is a dick.

    by anastasia p on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 07:29:40 PM PST

    •  As long as its not a Blue Dog (0+ / 0-)

      I wish Betty Sutton would run against him.  Then again, she's looking at the Governor's race.

      Democratic Leaders must be very clear they stand with the working class of our country. Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done fairly -- not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.

      by Betty Pinson on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 09:58:21 PM PST

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  •  I see Billboards in Bachmann's district (3+ / 0-)

    michele bachmann: corndogs are people too

    Oregon:'s cold. But it's a damp cold.

    by Keith930 on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 07:32:57 PM PST

  •  Hopefully they`re just using Bachmann to fundraise (0+ / 0-)

    off of and really won't put much money or effort to target her because she's very safe and flushing time, money and effort to try and defeat.  

    "The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self awareness" -Annie Savoy (Bull Durham)

    by Jacoby Jonze on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 07:35:03 PM PST

  •  If these people know they're being targeted, (2+ / 0-)
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    JamieG from Md, ColoTim

    maybe they'll think about how they vote in the next two years. That would be a bonus.

  •  2012 Joe Heck vs John Oceguera (3+ / 0-)
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    SoCalLiberal, JamieG from Md, ColoTim

    It felt like we could win. Even before this:

    President Bill Clinton endorsed Nevada Assembly Speaker John Oceguera today, in his bid to become the next Congressman from Nevada’s Third Congressional District.
    See, here's the thing: We had a good candidate in 2012 for this Nevada 3rd. John Oceguera.

    Endorsed by Bill Clinton. A record in Carson City to run on. Former Fireman turned chief.

    I say good not great because he came with a little baggage and no name.

    The problem was... nobody knew who he was, and he didn't have a lot of money to define himself. He was hardly a household name, and the only thing people did know was... he was "an outsider". Not. From. Here. Carson City and North Las Vegas isn't Henderson or the other burbs.

    What I have learned living in Nevada is that Nevada is a place where the vast majority of people came here from someplace else living amongst a goodly amount of local born-and-bred people who will never consider those who weren't born here true Nevadans.

    The majority of his work, private and public, was done in places many locals consider outside of the district, either in North Las Vegas or up in Carson City. Nearby doesn't count. (Many Clark County residents, especially those outside of Vegas in the Henderson area, resent people from up north in Reno and Northern Nevada-centric pols and politics in general, don't let anybody tell you otherwise. Many Henderson residents resent Vegas and North Las Vegas eating up a lot of the oxygen in the room when it comes to local issues.) He had to define himself to the public with small bucks and retail politics (and get over people's reaction that he wasn't really from this part of the state) while the air was filled with bullshit about how he was this huge horrible person who hated the middle class and working people and blah-blah-blah.

    The anti case was pure weaksauce or provincal bullshit.

    In a fair fight, both men having to fight by the same rules with the same weapons at their disposal, John Oceguera would have been able to get over any provincial prejudices and make a real case for himself, and demolish Heck's lackluster record of nothingsauce and fail. I think he'd have been Congressman John Oceguera right now, because Joe Heck is a mediocre piece of shit who can barely fake being a semi-Teahadi. But, we don't have a fair fight these days.

    He got his ass kicked not because he couldn't have won, or was a bad candidate, but largely because he was drowned in a sea of Citizen's United bullshit. The public didn't know him, so, the Koch Brothers/Karl Rove crowd, with an assist from the RW stooges Las Vegas Review Journal Op/Ed board, did.

    The Nevada 3rd is not some gerrymandered Teahadi district. John Oceguera simply got torched by big money.

    If it takes SuperPACs to fix this, or to at least give us a fighting chance, I'll take it. I still think 2014 might be tough though. You have to look at information beyond "Obama won here".

    I think one of the biggest reasons that John Oceguera ended up running for the 3rd is that we don't really have a killer bench of Nevada Democrats around here.
    Henderson's Mayor is probably the biggest name, and his name is "who?" to most Henderson residents and he is running for re-election as Mayor.

    I've learned the hard way over the years that Nevada has a lot of Florida in it in that it's a state full of Democrats that will put bad Republicans out of step with them into some pretty powerful places. Harry Reid would be gone right now if Sue Lowden had been the 2010 GOP nominee.

    So, technically, whoever runs in 2014 is not likely to be a big name. Henderson's mayor Who? calls himself a Democrat, but he's one of those Democrats you don't know is a Democrat until you hear it from the local news and go "hey, I didn't know he was a Dem." And I think he likes being Mayor Who? more than anything. I don't know if an underfunded post-partisan Angus King type will beat a Joe Heck. The biggest name I can think of is... a guy whose name is hard to think of off the top of your head.


    I am from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner wing of the Democratic Party

    by LeftHandedMan on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 08:00:09 PM PST

  •  FWIW, I already posted (1+ / 0-)
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    a couple diaries regarding "Taking Back The House" and started with Bachmann and Coffman.  We are all excited for '14, I think!


    by RVKU on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 08:36:30 PM PST

  •  Honestly, I don't think we can take back the House (1+ / 0-)
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    Mark Mywurtz

    in 2014.  But, if we at least go on the offensive, we might stem the losses that normally come with the 6 year itch and we might even have some gains.  If the GOP goes into a self-destructive war with itself, we might have some opportunities.  If we stem 14' losses or even make gains, we're in a much better position to win in 2016, especially if we get Hillary Clinton as our nominee.  

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    by SoCalLiberal on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 08:55:14 PM PST

    •  No, we must take back the House (2+ / 0-)
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      JamieG from Md, ColoTim

      There are quite a number of narrow wins in GOP territory that Democrats could have either held onto or beaten had there been more resources.

      We need to target all races that were narrowly lost by Democrats in 2012 and we need to bombard the DCCC with phone calls.

      On the other hand, it's only February 2, 2013 and the election is still early for Congressional seats.  My goodness, we can still do plenty of productive things such as voter registration.

      Now since Obama is becoming more popular now in his second term than in his first term, he could even campaign for Democrats running for Congress.   That could very well be possible, especially in states like Ohio and Florida.

  •  $100 (2+ / 0-)
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    JamieG from Md, ColoTim

    I'll give $100 to whomever goes against Bachmann.  Could be a dog, cat or parakeet, - just no R's -- when I hear of a D challenger I'm in I swear $100 guarnanfrickenteed!

  •  I can remember that after an election (1+ / 0-)
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    JamieG from Md

    we could take a break and forget about politics for a while, not anymore, the day after, it starts all over. I've got a headache.

  •  What chemical does Bachmann shoot into... (0+ / 0-)

    ...her upper lip?  She's beginning to look like she's from Whoville.  (And evil and stupid version of Whoville, that is)

  •  Denver Dem Machine Kneecapped Coffman Challenger (1+ / 0-)
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    Mike Coffman is still representing CO CD-6 because power brokers in the Denver Democratic party wanted it that way. Lawyer-lobbyist Steve Farber is leading a hostile takeover of the Colorado Democratic party by anti-labor, pro-corporate types. Farber himself, who raised $50 million to bring the 2008 Democratic National Convention to Denver, personally hosted a Coffman fundraiser and severely undermined the campaign of a reliable, honest Democrat named Joe Miklosi.

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