Here's Ben Schneider's lead from yesterday's Congress Daily:

Although he has abandoned his rallying cry to retake the majority, National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Ensign of Nevada is using the specter of an almost filibuster-proof Democratic majority to motivate potential GOP supporters in November.

You know things are bad when your political party won't even pretend it's possible that they'll pick up seats months ahead of an election. Back in January 2007, the congressional Republicans reached the conclusion that lockstep support for the wildly unpopular president and his wildly unpopular war was the right way to respond to the Democrats' big win in 2006. I think some folks are going to be standing around in January 2009 wondering why they thought that was a good idea.