38 House seats: Targets for the 12-word platform? (Or however many words?)
This idea comes from a conversation that danps and I had. His thought was there were IIRC 45 House seats that were vulnerable, and to target those seats for propagation of the X-word platform -- I'd add, by posting and persuading local bloggers. 45 seems like a very do-able number, even for a community the size of Corrente. Certainly worth thinking about, and maybe taking a shot.
So I went looking for the 45 seats -- I thought the number was for Nate Silver, but couldn't find a post from him. I did find these charts from Larry Sabato:
2014 House Ratings
Updated Aug. 14, 2013
Competitive House seats
Members in italics hold seats that the other party’s presidential candidate won in 2012; nine Democrats hold seats won by Mitt Romney, and 17 Republicans hold seats won by Barack Obama. All nine Democrats are listed here; 13 of the 17 Republicans also make this list. The Republicans not listed are Reps. Peter King (NY), Erik Paulsen (MN), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL) and Dave Reichert (WA). *Signifies possible retirements or candidacies for other offices; **signals candidates vulnerable to primary challenge.
If we combine the toss-ups and the leaners of both parties those would seem to be districts to target for propagation. If we could get a useful feedback loop going, we might do our little bit to affect the course of politics in a good way (where the operational definition of "good" is heading toward the planks of the 12-word platform. 36 is not a big number....
Readers, thoughts? Lots of you are much more expert in the nuts and bolts than I am.
NOTE I'd personally recommend following the example of the gay bundlers and the Hispanics in 2012: The only way to get something out of the Democrats is to threaten them, before the election. So, since the margins in these districts are small, we'd have some leverage, if we weren't seduced by legacy party blandishments.