The Times Scours the Country, Can't Locate Liberals

In its big Sunday graphic overview of tomorrow's congressional races, the Times profiles 18 House and seven Senate races.

As for the labeling numbers, they display a typically Times-ian lack of balance: Eight uses of the term "conservative," including three describing Democrats, versus zero references to liberals.

That pattern is an echo of the paper's coverage of the 2004 campaign, when the Times state-by-state post-election rundown was crawling with "conservative" labels vs. "liberal" ones by a margin of 20-2.