Susan Estrich writes that the people of Nevada should re-elect Harry Reid because of his ability to bring home the bacon. And that’s about the only reason. A more crass and cynical political column I don’t think I’ve ever read.
And in other not-so-great media moments, the WaPo’s David Broder doesn’t believe the projected resounding Republican victory would mean that the country is turning to the right. After all, the House will probably only gain a bare Republican majority, and the Senate is likely to stay in Democratic hands.
Many people predict a greater House turnover than even that, however, which would be of hugely historic proportions. And on the issue of a Senate turnover, Broder seems to conveniently forget that only a third of the Senate is up for re-election in any one year. In 2010, by my admittedly quick calculations, if every single Republican incumbent won re-election (a feat in and of itself), and every single previously and currently Democrat-held seat turned over into Republican hands (a virtually impossible one, even in a tsunami year), the largest number of seats the Republicans could possibly gain would be 19. So gaining even eight or perhaps more, as they are projected to do, would be huge.
Also—have you noticed a lull in the news for the past couple of days? It’s almost as though the nation and even much of the world is holding its collective breath to see what will happen on Tuesday.