Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Nat'l GOP Barks up Wrong Tree With Carney

... PAGOP gets it right.

Sure, the report that Congressman Chris Carney (D-PA) was being courted by the national Republicans caught my eye. I didn't put a lot of stock in it, but then again, these are wild and crazy times.

But it didn't make sense. Carney was a true-blue Democrat. He wasn't on my list of High-ACU scoring Democrats. His district may be R+8, but that in and of itself isn't enough to switch a guy to the minority. Much to nobody's surprise, Carney says he's staying Dem.

Carney's ACU score is 24. That's not even close to being in Republican territory. A switch can't be made merely out of electoral fear, there needs to be an ideological component too.

It is rare that I complement the PAGOP for failing to take action, but in this case they had it right. If anybody in PA might be switched, it would be Tim Holden (bottom of my list, in an R+6 district), but even that's a pretty big stretch.

Did anybody in DC even bother to think about the ideological component, as I did in slightly more detail over at DPUD? Has anybody inside the beltway had a chit-chat with Congressmen Taylor, Boren, or Davis?

Anyone? Bueller?

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