the current split in the senate is 51-48-1, republican. presidents traditionally gain seats in election years, and lose them in midterms. 2002 was unique in that bush gained 6 seats. i was wondering, what if bush remained president, but considering our still out-of-sorts circumstances, senate control went to the democrats? would this provide enough counter-weight to offset bush's pull? i ask, because i just read an article on the commie liberal alternet.org that talks of kerry's first term after winning consisting of cleaning up bush's messes. if bush remained in office, would he self-destruct? how much blame could he shift to a democrat controlled senate? would the senate be willing to stand up and be democrat-ruled, rather than republican lite? so in essence, would it be better for kerry to lose, to let bush drag the country ever farther down the rabbit hole, and then to let a democrat who's willing to be a democrat return triumphantly in 2008? will the pendulum have swung far enough out for a return trip by then?