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Politico detects GOP-flavored Democrats

Well, son of a gun. Politico detects Democrats running away from President Obama not only in red districts, as you might expect, but in zones that are purple and even solid blue as well.

Faced with a treacherous political environment, many Democrats are trotting out campaign ads that call for balanced budgets, tax cuts and other more traditionally GOP positions. Some of them are running in congressional districts that just two years ago broke sharply for President Barack Obama.

The Republican-flavored ads provide an early glimpse of how Democrats will wage their 2014 campaign. Democrats, hampered by Obama’s rising unpopularity and the tendency for conservatives to turn out at higher levels than liberals in midterm years, face the reality that swing congressional districts favorable to them in 2012 will be far less so in 2014.

While Politico’s focus is on congress, you have to wonder whether a similar dynamic is playing out in Florida’s House District 61 race, an all-Democrat slugfest stretching a deep-blue swath across east Tampa to the far side of Cuscaden Park, where the Tribune’s James Rosica notes one candidate being called out for Republicanism:

A campaign mailer being sent by candidate Sean Shaw to voters in the Tampa district says opponent Ed Narain “will side with the Republicans,” mentioning support Narain has received from GOP-affiliated lobbyists. ...

That same mailer, which has a picture of Scott next to Narain’s name, alleges that “there’s a reason Republicans support Ed: They know that he will sell our community out and side with them.”

Narain retorts with counter charges of his own, but if Politico has sniffed out an atmospheric change in the electorate, maybe getting a little right of the other guy isn’t such a bad strategy.