Top of the ballot: Dems see 'offensive opportunities'

The Democrats unveil a new set of House prospects, Harry Reid goes up with his first negative TV ad as Republican Sharron Angle hits the East Coast and Mike Huckabee is reconsidering his plans for 2012.

Red to Blues

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee unveiled 11 prospects it believes are part of a "growing number of offensive opportunities."

Promoted to the DCCC's "Red to Blue" program Monday, the group includes some interesting selections, such as state Sen. Joyce Elliot (D) in Arkansas's 2nd district. She "doesn't know" whether she'd vote for Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as Speaker.

Then there's state Sen. Colleen Hanabusa (D), whom the DCCC suggested drop her bid in the May special election in order to give former Rep. Ed Case (D) a better shot at defeating Republican Charles Djou.

Another notable inclusion is Tarryl Clark (D), who's vying to challenge Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.). She had been facing Democrat Maureen Reed in the primary, but Reed recently dropped her bid, clearing the way for Clark to become the nominee.

"The Red to Blue Program will give these strong candidates the financial and structural edge they need to win in November and become strong advocates in Congress for middle-class families back in their districts," DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md.) said in a statement.

Reid tries to put Angle in a lockbox

The Senate majority leader's campaign has taken the lesson "define your opponent early" to heart. It went up over the weekend with a new 30-second TV ad hitting Angle for wanting to "wipe out" Social Security. It also mentions a "Scientology plan to give massages to prisoners." The spot closes by asking, "what’s next?"

Angle, meanwhile, is coming East to raise money, meet with strategists and make Fox News appearances.

Yeah, about that …

Huckabee wasn't included in the recent Iowa Poll released by the Des Moines Register because he was purportedly not going to run for the presidency in 2012. Turns out he's still thinking it over. That's according to Hogan Gidley, the executive director of Huckabee's PAC, who contacted the paper after the story about the poll ran last Friday.

"I'm in no way saying he is going to run, but he's definitely in the conversation," Gidley said.

--Updated at 11:15 a.m.