Rich Galen

"Recovery," you will note, was not a word which made it into that sentence.

The practical result of all this will be seen on Tuesday. According to the GOP has got 222 seats more-or-less in its pocket; Democrats have 177.

Of the 38 seats listed as "toss-ups" 36 are held by Democrats. If the Rs and Ds just split those down the middle that might give John Boehner 240 seats going into the 112th Congress or a majority of 45 seats.

The last time Republicans had 240 seats or more? Right after World War II. During the 80th Congress the party division was 246 Rs, 188 Ds and one independent. Plus 58 for Republicans.

Before you start doing your Ren & Stimpy Dance o' Joy keep in mind that in the election of 1948 the GOP lost 75 seats and was back in the minority by 92 seats 263-171.

But, the 2012 election is two years away. Let's focus on the 2010 election which should be Recovery November for the GOP and a Relapse Election for the Dems.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at