Earlier Patrick Tuohey remarked on how thin the Democrat bench seems to be - and he was right. The St. Louis Beacon is now reporting that Susan Montee, "the first down-ballot incumbent in at least 50 years to lose re-election", is being tapped by some local Dems as a possible head for the Missouri Democratic Party.
Montee always had trouble sorting out the difference between political work and being an Auditor, and is probably better suited for a less serious job, but we really have to wonder: is this the best they have to offer? One could point to her loss and her inability to see it coming as reasons why she's too out of touch and poorly positioned to rebuild Missouri Democrats, and let's face it; it's going to be a rough job.
With twenty seats lost between the Missouri House and Senate, Democrats have less to offer their donors, fewer people to do the work, and a more challenging task of rebuilding the party's infrastructure. And unless they want to repeat 2010 they need some fresh faces.
Montee isn't exactly a strong candidate, unless their strategy is to double down on the same failed way of doing things. We wonder if the chatter says more about the current status of the party than it does any particular replacements they might be considering.