The key to changes in Congress is not in targeting incumbents — who win 98% of the time in the House — but in taking the open seats.
Democratic Senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota had a safe seat until Obamacare came along. His retirement announcement today makes the race wide open.
Congressman Earl Pomeroy, a fellow North Dakota Democrat, might step up. While he, too, voted for Obamacare, his vote against cap-and-trade may be bigger. North Dakota is an oil-rich state now. It’s unemployment rate was a mere 4.1% in November, the nation’s lowest. North Dakotans may be cool to change.
And it is not a sure thing about Republican Governor John Hoeven seeking the office.
However, the Hill pointed out: “North Dakota gave Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) a 53-45 win in the 2008 presidential election, but it gave President George W. Bush 63 percent of the vote in 2004 and is among the most conservative states in the country.”
I don't see how you can look at this as anything but good news.