Saturday, October 10, 2009

Miami Herald asks "Why is GOP targeting Ike Skelton's once-safe Missouri seat?"

David Goldstein of the McClatchy Newspapers (The Miami Herald) writes "...As far as Republicans were concerned, Missouri's 4th Congressional District has always been flyover country. Not this year..."

Goldstein adds, "But with public approval of President Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress falling, Skelton's party has to be anxious. It owes a lot of its success in 2006 and 2008 to moderate Republicans and independents who had soured on the GOP. But their allegiance in 2010 could be just as quicksilver.

"No question we're seeing an increase in Republican enthusiasm and energy and it is all across the country," said Republican pollster Neil Newhouse. "The question is, is it going to last? But going into '09 must be what Democrats felt like going into '08 and '06."

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