The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza has two items of note for Kentucky. First, three Democratic party operatives have put together a new group to raise money against Republican congressional candidates.

Its three founding members are former Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee executive director Jim Jordan, Monica Dixon, a former aide to Al Gore and Sen. Mark Warner, and veteran party operative Jeff Forbes.

“We’re game but, frankly, we’ll go as far as the Democratic and progressive donor community wants to take us,” Jordan told the Fix. “With our majorities in both houses in play — and with them President Obama’s agenda — and talk of a hundred million dollars plus being raised by Republican independent groups, we’re optimistic that our funding base will rally.”

This news comes after we learned a new 527 was planning to run ads against Republican Senate nominee Rand Paul.

Second, Cillizza has comments from Bob Menendez, the chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

The chairman- said Democrats’ position in the 2010 campaign has improved thanks to GOP primary voters choosing more ideologically extreme candidates – specifically referencing former Nevada state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle and ophthalmologist Rand Paul. “I think we will do much better than people expect us to heading into November,” Menendez said.

What are your thoughts on how the DSCC and other groups may affect the Senate race? Are these groups taking the wrong approach? Paul has painted himself as the target of party machines and the media, do you think he will use this as evidence that outside interests are ganging up on him, or will the groups turn voters away from Paul/energize the opposition?

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