Steve Benen cites a Stu Rothenberg political report saying Dems have a good chance of reaching 60 seats in the Senate in 2010. I have, on occasion, taken umbrage at what Mr. Rothenberg has said (like when he pretty much dismissed every Dem who opposed Lieberman as crazy).
But what the hell, I like predictions like this. And if you look at the fact that the Dems just went through their worst cycle, in terms of the number of Dems up for re-election vs. Republicans, and that the vulnerable list of GOPers goes on and on for 2008 (Collins, Smith, Coleman, Warner, Dole, open Colorado seat because Allard is a chickenshit, Hagel may leave his seat open running for prez or by retiring), I think he may be onto something.
Also, I am of the same mind as my pal Joshual Holland (and, of course, thank him for giving The Real McCain a serious plug). If things don't massively change in Iraq, there is going to be an electoral bloodbath the scope of which we haven't seen in a generation in American politics, based on this issue alone. A realignment, I think, towards anti-war progressives (and pro-war Dems will NOT be immune).
The pajama-clad warrior class in Congress hasn't seemed to catch onto this yet. but then again, they are always the last ones to catch onto anything.