Politics: Burdened by Barry

POLITICS Only a few weeks ago, a gleam entered the eyes of congressional Republicans whenever they thought about November elections. They felt certain of winning at least 20 seats away from Democrats, nurtured hopes of gaining the 42 they would need to seize control of the House of Representatives. But as of last week, most Republicans would settle for the 176 seats their party now holds in the 435-member House.

Republicans had also expected modest gains in the Senate, where such strong challengers as Ohio's Robert Taft Jr., Texas' George Bush and Wisconsin's Wilbur Renk had a good chance to unseat...

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