The midterms' split decision

Some top Republicans tell me they worry that their candidates will pay a price following the anti-Semitic murders in Pittsburgh and the arrest of a rabid Trump supporter for the mail bombs.

“World looks crazy and we are in charge of it,” said an official closely involved in the House fight.

“Hard to imagine a worse week at a worse time. What it means is hard to know exactly, but certainly not helping us win close races.”

And why might the news have a split effect for Senate and House? “I think red state voters see the president leading the nation in a crisis, where the suburban voters blame him for the tone,” a veteran GOP adviser said.