Paint it black blue: Dems lead by 23 on generic ballot; Update: 79% say GOP played politics with pages' safety

I don’t care. Not my problem anymore. Not. my. problem.

Unless and until Bush signs the fence bill.

Yeah, I know, “the generic ballot doesn’t mean anything.” Quote:

On the question of which party’s candidate would receive their vote if the election were held today, Democrats held a 23-point lead over Republicans among every type of person questioned — likely voters, registered voters and adults. That’s the largest lead Democrats have held among registered voters since 1978 and a jump from last month’s 48%-48% split among likely voters.

Two new surveys put the Senate at 49-49 with New Jersey and Missouri still in play. One, Rasmussen, had it that way a week ago but with a not-so-minor difference: there were 40 states solidly in the blue column last week and 9 leaning that way.

This week, 42 and 7, respectively. Of the two toss-ups Missouri’s still a tie, according to RCP, but New Jersey is trending Democrat — significantly, if the two latest polls are to be believed. (Which they aren’t, necessarily. One of them’s Zogby.)

The second survey out today is from Election Projection. 49-49 again … plus the two independents who are likely to win their races.

Those independents? Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and socialist Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

51-49, Democrats.

TradeSports had GOP control of the Senate trading at around 75 last week. Today? 67.5 and slipping. GOP control of the House is at the edge of the abyss: 40.0 and trying to hold on.

Is it time?

Update: The RNC has decided to target Tennessee, Ohio, and Missouri with television advertising in hopes of limiting the Democrats’ gains next month.

Update: I shouldn’t bother posting a NYT/CBS poll since people will just dismiss it out of hand. It may be wrong — but it can’t be this wrong:

An overwhelming majority of Americans think House Republican leaders put their own political interests ahead of the safety of congressional pages in their handling of the Mark Foley scandal, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll.

Seventy-nine percent of those polled — including 61 percent of Republicans — say GOP leaders were more concerned with politics than the well-being of the teenage pages.

The good news? In the Times poll, the GOP trails by “only” 14 on the generic ballot.