Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Dems to pick up historic gains in House?


When was the last time either major party followed a gain of more than 20 House seats with another double-digit gain just two years later? That has happened just once in the post-World War II era, more than five decades ago: In the twilight of Harry Truman's presidency, Republicans scored a 28-seat pickup in 1950 and then netted 22 more in 1952.

Now, after Democrats picked up 30 seats in 2006, the question is not whether they will gain seats again this year but how many. Their pickups might well reach double digits once more.