The [GOP] operative also said the GOP is all but writing off the seats of Reps. Marilyn Musgrave (R-Colo.), Joseph Knollenberg (R-Mich.), Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Phil English (R-Pa.), and the open New Mexico House seat of retiring Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.), who is running for the Senate.
Many of these potential pickups would strike at the heart of the Republican base. Pearce represents an oil-rich district that has been under Republican control since 1981. Musgrave and Bachmann are among Congress’ leading conservative voices, and both have won elections in the exurban areas that were until recently GOP strongholds.
We are witnessing a historical re-alignment in 2006 and 2008 nationally. Colorado has seen a momentous shift all by itself though. From 2 GOP Senators and a 5 to 2 GOP advantage in the House going into the 2004 election to what looks to be a complete reversal by the end of election night 2008. Not to mention the reversals in the General Assembly, the Governor's office, the Treasurers office.