Christian Science Monitor reporter Gail Russell Chaddock wrote this story yesterday about Democrats' tough sledding heading toward November, and specifically the congressional race in Virginia's 11th congressional district between incumbent Democrat Gerry Connelly and Republican challenger Keith Fimian.
It's a fairly positive piece about GOP prospects overall and Democrats' challenge in November.
The article highlights Democrats' attempts to scare voters about the prospects of a Republican congressional majority:
Swept into office on the pro-Obama wave in 2008, freshman Rep. Gerald Connolly (D) of Virginia is fighting to hold onto his seat against a wave now favoring Republicans.
For many Democratic incumbents, the template for the November election is to alarm voters about what could happen if Republicans take back power.
But then out of nowhere in the middle of the story, writing about Republican recruitment successes, Chaddock notes:
House Republican leaders made it a goal this campaign season to recruit entrepreneurs and community leaders with a background outside politics. So far, 78 GOP candidates who have emerged from 2010 primary elections fit that profile.
Okay, sounds like a reasonable strategy and accurate assessment.
But then she gives only these two examples:
GOP car dealer Scott Rigell is challenging freshman Glenn Nye (D) in a race in VA-2, now deemed a tossup. Another car dealer, Mike Kelly, is threatening freshman Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (D) of Pennsylvania.
I'm sympathetic to writers losing copy into the digital abyss due to editorial space constraints. So let’s give Ms. Chaddock the benefit of the doubt.
But am I the only one who thinks it's odd that of the "78 entrepreneurial candidates" the only two examples of recruitment success (besides Fimian) are used car dealers?
Other than that, the piece is strong evidence of a deteriorating political environment for the Democrats in previously fairly safe seats.