The stress may be starting to get to the Democrats. Adam Nogourney, one of the New York Times’s reliably liberal reporters, worries: For Democrats, Even a Gain May Feel Like a Failure:
In most midterm elections, an out-of-power party picking up, say, 14 seats in the House and five seats in the Senate could call it a pretty good night.
Not really; certainly not as to the House.
But for Democrats in 2006, that showing would mean coming up one seat shy of taking control of both the Senate and the House. And it would probably be branded a loss