I've used some nasty language in the past (I know...me, hard to believe!) to describe political pontificator Stuart Rothenberg, because he came out with the hacky "purge" language because Democrats chose to challenge the finger-in-the-wind politics of Joe Lieberman (more on that this weekend, when I have a piece coming out that discusses this).
In any case, I still hope he is right in his most recent prediction: 45-60 seats, and he says it could be on the higher end! Yes, you're not reading that wrong. Yowsers...I hope he knows what he's talking about this time.
One bone of contention (because I can't ever completely compliment Stu), as a historian-kinda-guy, I have to argue with his comparison of this election to 1974 and not 1966. I see the 1974 comparison, war and scandal, and agree with it.
But what of 1966 then? A midterm in which Democrats lost 47 House seats, because a depressed base who viewed its own party as corrupt and its own president, a bombastic Texan, as a miscreant. An unpopular war that party was credited with starting and escalating.
Sounds familiar enough to me.