So, for the past month or so, I've been mostly out of the news cycle. I try to do this every now and then, to remind myself how the rest of America decides to vote. I don't usually do it so close to the election, but I've just been really busy. Still, it's worth noting what has trickled down into my conscience: Mark Foley had a sex scandal (only, um, without the sex) that has the Beltway press corps all aflutter, the daily toll of America's finest in Iraq, and Republicans calling Democrats weak on national security. I haven't heard a single thing about the growing strength of the economy.
Doing so this close to the election cycle makes me very nervous about making predictions. It's tough to feel confident in your predictions when you don't feel like you've fully absorbed and processed all available information.
My gut tells me Republicans are likely to keep very slim majorities in both chambers, but I think that that is pretty up in the air right now. Plenty of people haven't decided how or whether to vote. The tone has been set, but the next couple weeks are pretty crucial. The pendulum could definitely swing either way.
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