The Congress is now in recess, but unlike last fall during a government shutdown (that is so last year), more has been accomplished as we all await what happens in the midterm elections. The lawmakers will not return until after the midterm election for about a week and then go out again for the Thanksgiving holiday and return for a lame duck session in December. It is expected a vote on the War will be taken up at that time.
The polls are leaning toward the Republicans taking the Senate, the budget impasse last year does not seem to be having much long term negative affects on the party. But the elections are still in the category of too close to call for several key states like Alaska, Kansas and North Carolina. Stu Rothenberg that writes a political blog for Roll Call has just given his prediction of a Republican Wave in his blog:
“… I’ve witnessed 17 general elections from my perch in D.C., including eight midterms, and I sometimes develop a sense of where the cycle is going before survey data lead me there. Since my expectations constitute little more than an informed guess, I generally keep them to myself.
This year is different. I am sharing them with you.
After looking at recent national, state and congressional survey data and comparing this election cycle to previous ones, I am currently expecting a sizable Republican Senate wave.”