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Fri., May 12, 2006, 9:26 a.m.

Mailbag: D’s Shouldn’t Get Hopes Up

Eagle Eye: If I were the Dems I wouldnt get my hopes up too high. Remember this is the party that lost to Dubya ... twice. That proves that a party without direction loses to a candidate without a clue.

DFO: The D's shouldn't count their chickens due to the Incumbestan issue. Although Bush is in the tank with a 31% approval rating, the poll numbers don't mean much in individual House districts, where the old bromide comes into play: All politics are local. Only a coupla dozen House seats are truly in play because most representatives are fairly secure in their own districts. On the other hand, the R's picked up --- what? -- 50 seats in 1994 to gain control? It's doable. But not as easy as it looks in May.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.