McConnell eyes Democrats up for re-election in 2012
Carrie Dann writes: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that he expects some Democrats –- wary that continued support for Democratic policies will cost them re-election in 2012 -- will "peel off" from their caucus to work with Republicans for the next two years.
There are 21 Democratic Senators up for re-election in 2012 along with 2 independents who caucus with them. Of these, I think one could argue 15 of them will be at risk for losing their seats. Many of them are in states that saw a party change in this years Senate, House, Gubernatorial, and/or state legislative districts.
Will the legacy of the 2010 election be fear? Will Democrats, and some left-leaning Republicans, up for re-election in 2 years start watching how they vote? Will the GOP, 5 votes short of a majority currently, get to set a large part of the agenda?
Keep in ind that the GOP only needs to keep their own Senators in line and peel off 5 Democrats and/or Independents.