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According to Paul Bedard, Charlie Cook recently eluded that the Democrats could suffer a 30-40 seat lost in November, stating, “it could be worse if the current anti-incumbent and anti-Democrat trend continues. Republicans need to pick up 41 seats to take back the majority.” [Washington Whispers]

Asked about it yesterday, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer had this to say:

“It’s an accurate view of what the polls reflect right now. Yes. I have great respect for Charlie Cook.”

Sometimes you not only have to remind the pilgrims to circle the wagons, but to shoot outwards.