Uh oh. Last night’s win by Democrats in a Mississippi special election for a long-time Republican Congressional seat was the third in this election cycle and has GOP leaders shaking in their boots. The district went to Bush by 60 percent in 2000 and 63 percent in ’04.

Rep. Tom Cole, the chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee, is worried.

“The political environment is such that voters remain pessimistic about the direction of the country and the Republican Party in general. Therefore, Republicans must undertake bold efforts to define a forward looking agenda that offers the kind of positive change voters are looking for. This is something we can do in cooperation with our Presidential nominee, but time is short.

“I encourage all Republican candidates, whether incumbents or challengers, to take stock of their campaigns and position themselves for challenging campaigns this fall by building the financial resources and grassroots networks that offer them the opportunity and ability to communicate, energize and turn out voters this election.”

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