As the first round of the 2011 primaries is in the books, things are very similar to what they might have been 40 years ago.
While one party is packing up the campaign materials and anticipating taking the respective oaths of office, the other is looking for bright spots where it can find them.
The only difference in now and then is that in the old days it was the Democrats measuring their offices for the drapes.
Now it is the Democrats who are left to dig nuggets out of statistics that will serve as salve to the wounds of a struggling party. The Republicans are settling in.