Democrats unlikely to retake House

So says the Washington Post. The Post attributes this lamentable state of affairs primarily to redistricting which, it says, “has produced a remarkably small number of competitive districts nationwide.” This means that “Democrats must win a huge percentage of the toss-up races to regain the House Majority they lost a decade ago.” The Post thinks the Democrats should be well-positioned to make a run at recapturing the House, what with the nation allegedly divided 50-50 between the two parties and President Bush’s popularity falling. The Post suggests, however, that redistricting has stacked the deck against the Democrats and also cites the Republican advantage when it comes to fundraising. The closest the Post comes to acknowledging that the Republicans might actually be more popular than the Democrats is when it notes “a relative lack of public anger.” This was known, when the Democrats were in power, as voter satisfaction.


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