Jonathan Chait compares Europe during World War I with the 2006 midterm elections (Current, Sept. 3). He's more familiar with Great War battlegrounds than Pennsylvania's senatorial history, though.
Six years ago, Democrats tried to "win back working-class voters who may be attracted to the party's economic platform but abhor the Democratic cultural agenda" with an anti-choice candidate. But Sen. Rick Santorum won while pro-choice Democrats stayed home and liberal Republicans stayed with their party because they saw no difference between the candidates. We can only hope that Santorum has become so ludicrous and offensive that the strategy will work this time.