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It would be idle, therefore, to speculate but a few general principles can be drawn before the outcome of Nov. 7's US elections. Foremost is the obvious: that most hacks get egg on their face for predicting what the voters are likely to do. It is always election season in Washington. No sooner has one campaign ended than the candidates anticipate the beginning of the next one. Likely (writing in advance) it can be said, however, that the Republicans will take a hit – possibly losing the House and conceivably the Senate. Much depends upon voter turnout. It may be even that the old rule that the person with the most money wins is dented, if not overturned. What will not change, however, is the mood of the moment in Washington D.C. or, more exactly, on Capitol Hill. This is almost unprecedentedly vicious. Republicans, strangely, are pusillanimous at the moment.

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