Rich Galen

The Democrats are so frightened of losing this seat (in which, despite a 2-1 Democrat registration, Obama's job approval is only 37 percent) they are bringing in Bill Clinton to campaign for the Democrat (a former Murtha staffer) Mark Critz.

Tim Burns is countering with a visit by Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown this coming weekend.

You don't think both sides think this is an important race?

The news last week that Rep. David Obey (D-Wis) was retiring, put another formerly safe seat into the "we-have-to-fight-for-this-one" category for the Democrats.

Obey is the 17th Democrat to retire against 20 Republicans who have called it quits. The difference is, almost all of the GOP retirements are in safe districts, every Democratic retirement in a swing district puts that district in play.

The current makeup of the U.S. House has the Democrats with 257 seats. You need 218 for the majority, so if the GOP can pick up a net 40 seats they would theoretically win the majority.

But, if Republicans win between 37 and 43 seats (or thereabouts) the battle for party-switchers will be fierce and will make those pay offs for votes on the Health Care bill look like Halloween handouts.

Meanwhile, over in London, Conservative party leader David Cameron was invited to form a government by Queen Elizabeth when the current PM, Gordon Brown, abruptly announced he was resigning in the wake of the election which saw his Labour party lose 91 seats in the 650 member House of Commons.

Cameron, was summoned to Buckingham Palace at about 8 PM local time last night, then went directly to 10 Downing Street to finish up the details of a coalition with the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, whose party came in third, but holds the balance of power between the Tories and Labour.

Clegg will be the Deputy PM as part of the agreement.

Note, that the anti-establishment feeling among British voters put the two major parties which were out of power, into power; and, left the one party - Labour - which was in power out in the cold.

On both sides of the Pond. Incumbents are feeling the effects of political global warming: They're feeling the heat.


Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at Mullings.com.