With only five weeks and counting to the mid-term elections, the Democratic big guns are playing defense in Blue states, and Democrats are on the attack very early and in very personal ways.
Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., has been in congress for 30 years — and for the last 2 decades he's won reelection with huge margins, sometimes running unopposed. But in this angry and tempestuous political environment Frank is taking no chances and over the weekend be unleashed the Big Dog — former President Bill Clinton — to join him on the stump.
"People have a right to be angry," Clinton said, "but they need to make a choice. An election is not a referendum on their anger, it's a choice between two candidates."
President Obama is also playing defense, today beginning a campaign swing to four states he won two years ago — New Mexico, Wisconsin, Iowa and Virginia — where Democrats are struggling today.
A recent Pew poll shows Independent voters favoring the Republican candidate over the Democrat by thirteen points — 49% favoring the generic Republican, 36% backing the Democrat.
So many Democrats are playing the only card they feel they have left, the fear card, depicting their opponents as personally unacceptable.
Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., for example, did not serve in the military but that isn't stopping him from using an anonymous narrator in a TV ad to assail his Republican opponent for not having served either.
"It breaks an old soldier's heart to think that Daniel Webster could ever be elected to Congress," says the narrator, whom the Grayson campaign had declined to identify. "He doesn't love this country the way I do."
Factcheck.org has said the ad falsely impugns Webster's patriotism.
We took a look at the state of play on Good Morning America today:
- Jake Tapper