America's Feeling Blue

A blue tide swept the U.S. last week. Years of G.O.P.gerrymandering couldn't stop the Democrats from "thumpin'" the Republicans, as a chagrined President Bush described it. And it was an especially significant Election Day for big spenders and women, though we're still not sure what it meant for Michael J. Fox. Here are four interesting revelations about the midterms.

Gerrymandering Isn't Foolproof

The Dems gained at least a dozen G.O.P.-gerrymandered districts. (The word refers to a salamander-shaped Massachusetts district carved by Governor Elbridge Gerry in 1810.) But funny shaping did cut G.O.P. losses. For example, New York Congressman John Walsh won with 51%...

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