Mar 27, 2007

He's also one of the few GOP Senators with a brain

Democrats will target Mitch McConnell in 2008. They're going for a "reverse Daschle."
After Republicans dislodged Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) in 2004, the parties have grown increasingly bold in their hunt for prey. Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, the third-ranking Senate Republican, fell last year, as did GOP presidential contender and Virginia Sen. George Allen.

Democrats want more, and McConnell, a four-term Kentucky Republican, might be their dark-horse target in 2008.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, made a request last week of the Netroots:

Help me find a candidate for Kentucky, one of 21 Republican seats that "we'll be fighting to take back," he wrote on the liberal blog DailyKos.

And in the last two months, two Internet-based efforts -- started by Kentuckians -- have emerged. There's a social-networking group on Facebook called DitchMitch that claims more than 600 members, and a separate Web site called, which was created by a Kentucky native and Yale University doctoral candidate.

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