Professor John J. Pitney Jr. was quoted in The Associated Press as saying the following:
“When you have big sweeps as Democrats did in 2006 and 2008, inevitably some weak candidates get elected. And when the environment gets even moderately challenging, a number of them are going to lose,” said Jack Pitney, a political science professor at Claremont McKenna College in California.I'm going to make a bold prediction here. I'm predicting the Democratic Party will lose more than thirty seats in the 2010 elections.
I would caution against worrying too much about national Republican efforts at fund raising. The party has always done best when it has favored a decentralized, localized campaign. Remember what the famous Democrat Tip O'Neil once said that all politics is local.
Constituents feel the effects of this recession on their livelihoods in a bad way and they fear that the worst is yet to come.