Three months ago, the NRCC announced its "Patriot Program," a Frontline-like effort to protect the most vulnerable Republican members of the House. But then, they did nothing - no announcements, no lists, nothing. For three months. Until, finally, today. Here's the first-round list:
Note that despite the PVIs, the only district on here which Obama did not win was NY-26 (carried by McCain 52-46). There are also some pretty notable absences on this list, such as Mike Castle (DE-AL), Mark Kirk (IL-10), Jim Gerlach (PA-06), and Bill Young (FL-10). All of these guys could run for higher office or retire, so maybe the NRCC is tipping its hand here - or just hedging its bets.