Six weeks ago the Democrats held a 24-point lead over Bush as the stronger leadership force in Washington; today that’s collapsed to a dead heat. The Democrats’ overall job approval rating likewise has dropped . . . Yet the Democrats’ losses have not produced much in the way of gains for Bush or his party.

Our political class is dysfunctional, and the polls indicate that the voters realize it. (Via Dean Esmay, who notes Obey’s pork moves).