Further evidence that the tenacious Carter campaign is drawing blood in the besieged mountain communities of NC-05:
House Editor David Wasserman releases ratings changes in an additional 12 districts. The GOP internal "death list" memo, leaked to U.S.News and World Report's Paul Bedard, exposes just how white-knuckled some in the Republican conference are. At this point, the choice Republican strategists face is not whether to play offense or defense, but rather where it's still worth playing defense.
AL-03 Mike Rogers Solid Republican to Likely Republican
FL-16 Tim Mahoney Lean Republican to Likely Republican
FL-18 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Solid Republican to Likely Republican
ID-01 Bill Sali Lean Republican to Toss Up
IL-10 Mark Kirk Lean Republican to Toss Up
MN-03 OPEN (Ramstad) Toss Up to Lean Democratic
NJ-03 OPEN (Saxton) Toss Up to Lean Democratic
NM-01 OPEN (Wilson) Toss Up to Lean Democratic
NC-05 Virginia Foxx Solid Republican to Likely Republican
SC-01 Henry Brown Likely Republican to Lean Republican
WV-02 Shelley Moore Capito Likely Republican to Lean Republican
WY-AL OPEN (Cubin) Likely Republican to Lean Republican
Any party investment in this area will yield Democratic victories for YEARS to come. The voters of NC-05 are smart people. The state and national parties should stop treating them like un-reformable, uneducable, unapproachable, untouchable wretches.