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Hillary’s Headache

Over at Real Clear Politics, John McIntrye offers the argument that’s been rolling around in my mind for a while a slightly different form. If’ I’m Hillary Clinton, the last thing I want is for Democrats to take over the House or Senate this fall. Better to be able to run against total Republican control in 2008, than with Speaker Pelosi at your side. (BTW, did anyone see Pelosi’s performance with Russert on MTP yesterday? If anyone ever needed the hook more desperately. . .)

Anyway, here’s McIntyre’s conclusion:

While it may not be the best thing for the Bush administration, a Democratic takeover of the House would likely be a huge assist to the overall Republican campaign in 2008. It would deprive Democrats of the very powerful campaign message that after eight years of near total GOP control it was time for a change. It would also put Speaker Pelosi and committee Chairmen like Rangel, Waxman and Conyers front and center for public view. More than anything else in 2006, a Democratic take over of the House would change the dynamic of the 2008 race and, ironically, would probably be good news for Republicans.

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They couldn’t spend any more...

If there is any institution that is consistently less popular than the White House, it is Congress. A Democratic majority there would be a godsend for GOP presidential chances in 2008, just as the Republican victories of 1946 and 1994 helped Truman and Clinton, respectively.

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