The Republicans, of course, face no such tough choice. Should their strategists conclude that the Nyes and the Perriellos of the world are goners and they choose to put their resources into the truly swing seats like Boucher's, the Republicans vying for the Nye and Perriello seats will undoubtedly still attract all the money they need from opportunists eager to climb on their winning campaigns.
As November approaches, watch how the Democrats allocate their resources. It will soon be evident if they are attempting a goal line stand for 39 seats or if they are falling back to protect what they can. The second course will be an admission of defeat. But the first option -- the goal line stand -- could transform a defeat into a rout.