The NRCC is running newspaper ads against its top targets for 2008, chiding them for voting to cut Medicare as part of the SCHIP bill. Curiously, Georgia’s John Barrow is not included in the list. And though freshmen members make up the bulk of the ad buys, some veteran members like Melissa Bean (Illinois, first elected in 2004) and Bart Stupak (Michigan, first elected 1992) made the cut.
In 2006 you used to hear about the “handful” of Democratic seats that were vulnerable and Bean, Marshall and Barrow were always mentioned as part of that elite group. After losing a seat to Barrow and then undergoing an unprecedented mid-decade redistricting and then losing to Barrow again, are national Republicans shifting resources to greener (redder) pastures this year?