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Is this what voters wanted Democrats to do when they put them back in power? The Democrats’ sinking job-approval polls, lower than Mr. Bush’s scores, suggest otherwise. And they may be hearing from those voters next year.

Last week, elections tracker Stu Rothenberg told his newsletter clients that Republican campaign strategists now “have about half a dozen seats they know the party should never have lost… and eight of the nine most vulnerable House seats currently are held by Democrats.

“While it is now safe to say that Democrats will retain the House next year, small gains for either party are possible,” he said.

Donald Lambro, chief political correspondent of The Washington Times, is a nationally syndicated columnist.