Excellent piece in the New Republic by rising star Noam Scheiber who points out that the Democrats may not win back the House in 2002 after all. Mid-term gains for the opposition party are usually due to the scaling back of presidential coat-tails from the previous election, he points out. But W had no coat-tails. In fact, his coat was tucked firmly into his tighty-whities. To make matters worse, the latest Census data suggest that, under current population numbers, Bush’s 271 electoral college total would actually be 278. Hey, that’s almost as impressive as Gore’s half a million majority in the popular vote. Oh, all right, it isn’t. But it still isn’t great news for Dick Gephardt.