Politico takes a look at Obama's long game against the Republicans:
Since taking office in January, Obama has made an effort to convert GOP
moderates in nearly every region of the country, ranging from a former
Midwestern congressman, Ray LaHood, who became transportation secretary, to Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who was recently named ambassador to China.
Obama also made a play for two of the four remaining Northeastern Republican senators — meeting with success in the case of party-switching Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter and near-success in the case of New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg, who initially accepted the president’s appointment as head of the Commerce Department before backing out.
And with McHugh’s appointment, Obama has managed to cut New York’s
ever-shrinking GOP House delegation by one-third. The state delegation
now includes just two Republicans in its 29-member contingent — down
from 10 as recently as 2004.