Although it's been known for months that Democrats were going to lose their majorities in both house of Congress this year, seemingly just in the past week has there been serious concerns that there will be a Speaker Boehner sitting next to Joe Biden and behind Barack Obama at next year's State of the Union address.
That feeling was accentuated when the latest Gallup Poll was released Monday showing Republicans with a record 10-point edge over Democrats on the "generic ballot" test- the question of whether voters prefer a Democratic or Republican congressional candidate - the largest such lead for Republicans in the 68-year history of the survey.
(For comparison's sake, in 2006, when the Democrats retook the House, they had an 11-point edge on that question at this time, and ended up taking 30 seats. The GOP needs to win 39 seats to win the House back in 2010).
Things are getting bad for some moderate House Democrats that, according to Politico, are running ads or campaigning against their own Speaker, Nancy Pelosi.
Meanwhile, as those troubles persist for Democrats, their party leader, President Obama, goes before the nation at 8 p.m. tonight to say, well, certainly not Mission Accomplished regarding Iraq, but noting that all combat troops have now left the theatre of war. But when the number one issue in the country is the horrible economy, and the number one international issue is Afghanistan, how many really need to hear whatever the President has to say tonight on Iraq, other than to mention the obvious?