Enjoy your Labor Day by taking a few minutes to read this fantastic piece from Politico: Top 10 what-ifs of the midterm elections.

Primary season is all but over. The 2010 candidate field is nearly set. The strongest and most vulnerable members of both parties know who they are.

But the campaign didn’t have to look like this. It’s not just the big-picture inflection points – like the White House’s decision to pursue health care reform or the congressional GOP’s lockstep vote against the stimulus – that have determined the course of the election year. It was also the personal choices or screw-ups of individual candidates.

As Labor Day launches the traditional start of the fall general election campaign, here’s POLITICO’s look back at the midterm cycle’s most influential roads not taken – the unlikely, avoidable or just plain weird contingencies that helped make this campaign what it is.

Read the rest.

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