Republicans are searching desperately for a rebrand, after losing three consecutive special elections, in what were consider +R districts. CQ Politics:
The leadership team met in crisis mode Wednesday, one day after Democratic candidate Travis W. Childers bested Republican Greg Davis 54 percent to 46 percent in Mississippi’s 1st District.Incidentally, guess who they're blaming?
The victory by Childers, who is expected to be sworn in next week, followed similar Democratic wins in Illinois in March and Louisiana earlier this month, and it set off a day of soul-searching.
Rep. Thomas M. Davis III , a past chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), issued a blistering memo.
“The political atmosphere facing House Republicans this November is the worst since Watergate and is far more toxic than the fall of 2006, when we lost 30 seats (and our majority),” wrote Davis, R-Va., who criticized the party’s “inarticulate and unfocused national leadership.”