Being Blue

Democrats are looking for a new identity in a last scramble to survive this fall's elections.

A handful of House Democrats are making health care reform an election year issue — by running against it.

Listen to Congressman Gerry Connolly, a Democrat, refuse to play the class warfare game last month that his party usually plays.

And, as we've discussed before, Democrats are running for reelection without mentioning they're Democrats, and avoiding suggesting that they're already members of congress.

At least five of the 34 House Democrats who voted against their party’s health care reform bill are highlighting their “no” votes in ads back home. By contrast, party officials in Washington can’t identify a single House member who’s running an ad boasting of a “yes” vote — despite the fact that 219 House Democrats voted in favor of final passage in March.

One Democratic strategist said it would be “political malfeasance” to run such an ad now.

Democrats have taken that advice to heart; it appears that no Democratic incumbent — in the House or in the Senate — has run a pro-reform TV ad since April, when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) ran one.

It's not easy being blue.