Do you live in a blood red congressional district?
Is your state so conservative it offers a bounty for the pelts of liberals?
Is drawing 20 percent of the vote considered a “moral victory” for any Democrat running in your area?
Do most of your neighbors regard John Ashcroft as a dangerous liberal?
Is it impossible to walk one downtown block in your hometown without hearing the sound of Rush Limbaugh’s voice seeping out from at least three passing cars?
Was the last general meeting of the county Democratic Party held at the picnic table in your brother-in-law’s backyard?
And finally, has it always been your dream to run for Congress, but you figured why bother given how Republican your district is?
Well then, this just may be your year!
Democrats picked up a northern Mississippi House seat in one of the most conservative-minded districts in the country Tuesday night — an upset that will reverberate darkly through a House Republican caucus already reeling from losses in special elections in Illinois and Louisiana.
With 434 of 462 precincts reporting, the Democratic nominee, Prentiss County Chancery Clerk Travis Childers, leads Republican Greg Davis, 53 to 47 percent. The Associated Press has called the race for Childers.
The victory marks the Democrats’ third straight special election pickup in three months. It will be a serious blow to the Republican Party’s already-flagging morale and will surely prompt a new round of finger-pointing among the already fractured GOP caucus.
What do you bet that a lot of congressional Republicans representing supposedly secure GOP districts are starting to hear the sound of footsteps from behind right about now?