Brighten their holiday. Enrich their everyday.Give The Atlantic

More Glimmerings

The mood is surly out there:

In surveys at polling places, about six in 10 voters said they disapproved of the way President Bush is handling his job, and roughly the same percentage opposed the war in Iraq. They were more inclined to vote for Democratic candidates than for Republicans.

In even larger numbers, about three-quarters of voters said scandals mattered to them in deciding how to vote, and they, too, were more likely to side with Democrats. The surveys were taken by The Associated Press and the networks.

But again: this election depends on actual votes in districts and states, not polls of the national mood. So beware.