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Don’t Just Donate, Volunteer for a Candidate Near You

A lot of Obamacare opponents are out looking for money this morning. And if you’re inclined, give.

But I would say that if last night’s vote has you fighting mad, find a campaign of a guy or gal who opposed this, call ‘em up, and volunteer. Writing a check or pressing a button to send funds can be satisfying, but there’s a lot of energy out there.

“But Jim, there’s no competitive race where I live.”

For a few folks, yeah. But when I was putting together my Obamacare brackets, I noted that the number of vulnerable Democrats is awfully widely dispersed geographically. I went through the House races and came up with these open seats and plausibly competitive or endangered House Democrats (remember, even if they’ve performed well in the past, this is a Scott Brown electorate):

Carol Shea-Porter, New Hampshire

Paul Hodes’s open seat, New Hampshire

Bill Delahunt’s open seat, Massachusetts

Patrick Kennedy’s open seat, Rhode Island

Michael Arcuri, New York

Scott Murphy, New York

Mike McMahon, New York

Dan Maffei, New York

Tim Bishop, New York

Eric Massa’s open seat, New York

John Adler, New Jersey

Frank Kratovil, Maryland

Mike Castle’s open seat, Delaware

Glenn Nye, Virginia

Rick Boucher, Virginia

Gerry Connolly, Virginia

Tom Perriello, Virginia

Allan Mollohan, West Virginia

Nick Rahall, West Virginia

Lincoln Davis, Tennessee

John Tanner’s open seat, Tennessee

Bart Gordon’s open seat, Tennessee

Jason Altmire, Pennsylvania

Paul Kanjorski, Pennsylvania

Chris Carney, Pennsylvania

Kathy Dahlkemper, Pennsylvania

Joe Sestak’s open seat, Pennsylvania

Patrick Murphy, Pennsylvania

Dina Titus, Nevada

Ann Kirkpatrick, Arizona

Gabby Giffords, Arizona

Harry Mitchell, Arizona

Harry Teague, New Mexico

Martin Heinrich, New Mexico

Kurt Schrader, Oregon

Brian Baird’s open seat, Washington

Jim Matheson, Utah

Betsey Markey, Colorado

Walt Minnick, Idaho

Baron Hill, Indiana

Brad Ellsworth’s open seat, Indiana

Bill Foster, Illinois

Debbie Halvorson, Illinois

Phil Hare, Illinois

Leonard Boswell, Iowa

Steve Kagen, Wisconsin

Ron Kind, Wisconsin

Dave Obey, Wisconsin

John Boccieri, Ohio

Zach Space, Ohio

Charlie Wilson, Ohio

Mary Jo Kilroy, Ohio

Steve Dreihaus, Ohio

Mark Schauer, Michigan

Gary Peters, Michigan

Ike Skelton, Missouri

Earl Pomeroy, North Dakota

Suzanne Kosmas, Florida

Allen Boyd, Florida

Ron Klein, Florida

Chet Edwards, Texas

Mike Ross, Arkansas

Marion Berry’s open seat, Arkansas

Vic Snyder’s open seat, Arkansas

Ben Chandler, Kentucky

John Spratt, South Carolina

Gene Taylor, Mississippi

Travis Childers, Mississippi

Bobby Bright, Alabama

John Barrow, Georgia

Jim Marshall, Georgia

Dan Boren, Oklahoma

Larry Kissell, North Carolina

Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin, South Dakota

Dennis Moore’s open seat, Kansas

Charlie Melancon’s open seat, Louisiana

(This list is not exhaustive. For example, North Carolina’s Heath Shuler won healthily in 2008 and faces underfunded challengers, but maybe his heavily Republican district gets fed up with their guy voting for cap-and-trade and Pelosi.)

Next month, there’s a special election in Florida’s 19th district (Wexler’s old district), as well as special elections in Hawaii’s 1st district and Pennsylvania’s 12th district (Murtha’s old district) in May. That’s more than 80 seats with a shot of a GOP takeover. And this is just the House races; there obviously are a lot of important Senate and gubernatorial races on the ballot, too.

UPDATE: A couple of readers nominate a few more: Jim Himes and Chris Murphy of Connecticut, Jerry McNerney of California, Van Tran looks set to give Loretta Sanchez of California the toughest race of her career . . .


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