But not in Mississippi and Louisiana. As our southern brethren to the west get ready to face what most of us faced in 2010, and as I scan the list of announced candidates for statewide offices - ahem *none so far* - it makes me wonder:
Where have all the Statewide Southern Democrats gone?
In Mississippi we seemingly will not put up any Democrats in the top slots - ditto for Louisiana. The Democratic AG in LA - "Buddy" Caldwell - switched parties a few weeks ago, and no one seems willing to run against Jindal.
Former LA D Lt. Gov. candidate Caroline Fayard - with her Hollywood face and deep family trial-lawyer pockets - seems poised to announce for SOS, but is also playing footsies with the R's about switching parties.
So do we think this is the end of the Democratic Party as we know it in the South? Or is it fair to count our posts in the lower seats and statewides? In Lousiana and Mississippi we still hold an enviable number of local and county-wide elected D's - even if most are old Blue Dogs - God Bless 'Em. But the LA House and Senate Caucus' barely exist. And Mississippi is only a few steps ahead of them in organizing and fielding candidates and operations.
If we apply the lessons of 2010 to LA and MS, we will likely lose our few Statewide Southern Democratic candidates to 15 point loses, and lose too many of our incumbent state senators and state representatives who fail to raise money and distance themselves from Washington, D.C.
But if we learn from those loses - if those operations get out of the gates, start raising money, start innoculating themselves early from the inevitable newspaper and mail attacks "Obama and (insert D incumbent name here) are BFF's!" - do we stand a chance to withstand the second political tsunami in the South?
Are we tough enough and bright enough to learn from 2010?
I think so. I hope so.