Conventional wisdom is that the Republicans are poised for huge gains in the Senate and could outright take over the House. This is based on something called "the enthusiasm gap." Basically, the GOP and its tea party contingent are fiercely fired up and motivated with pep, vim, vigor, piss and vinegar, while Democrats and progressives have been seen criticizing the Obama administration. A wash, right?
Wrong. What matters is the amount of votes in November. Not how loud one talks, not how much they attract media attention, not dissenting thoughts that are part of an ideologically diverse party. All of that is ultimately immaterial. No one's polled or shone a camera on me, or attempted to dissect my degree of enthusiasm, but my vote will count all the same. And regardless of any hangups I might have with the incumbent party, I still keep the big picture in mind.
I think that's true of most voters right now. And that, more than any honor-restoring, tea-guzzling or country-back-taking, will shine on Election Day.