The House: Spirited Still

The House: Spirited Still

The House of Representatives underwent some plastic surgery at the polls, emerging with a somewhat younger and more attractive look. But beneath the cosmetic changes, the House remains heavily Democratic in soul and spirit. The so-called Watergate babies generally survived, and Democrats showed a net gain of one seat (to 292, against 143 Republicans).

TIME TO RETIRE

For reasons ranging from age to political weariness to lust for higher office, a record number of incumbent Congressmen—37 Democrats and 17 Republicans—did not even run...