This new Congressional Quarterly assessment of the race ratings of a number of contests across the country show that the GOP is still losing ground going into campaigning season.  This includes a weakening in the prospects of the GOP holding two of the three Republican districts in Connecticut.  Shays’ race is now considered a toss-up, and Johnson’s rating has been downgraded to Republican-leaning rather than favoured.  Those are the ones that are supposed to be in good shape now that the GOP is kissing up to Lieberman and tying themselves to his sinking ship.  Their candidates elsewhere do not seem to be having any more luck.