THE MORNING LINE….CQ Weekly says Democrats are almost certain to retain control of Congress next year:

And not only that, but they may now harbor realistic visions of emerging with 55 to 58 seats in the Senate (pushing them within arm-twisting distance of the 60 votes needed to bust a filibuster) as well more than 240 seats in the House, a cushion that neither party has enjoyed since the end of the last Democratic era in the House, in 1994.

In fact, it’s now dawning on members of both parties that a Democratic sweep — with gains in Congress accompanied by a reclaiming of the White House — is the inescapable “morning line” assumption going into the 2008 campaign season.

The biggest factor working in the Democrats’ favor, according to the writers, “continues to be that they are not the Republicans.”

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