There is a small piece of good news for Senate Democrats. In 2010, making sure Republicans took control of at least one chamber of Congress was hugely important to their base — but this year control of Congress isn’t nearly as big of a deal to regular Republicans. From Gallup:

Trend: Percentage Worried a "Great Deal" About Who Controls Congress

This fits with data showing that while the Republican is base more enthusiastic about this election than the Democratic base, the size of the enthusiasm gap isn’t nearly as large as it was in 2010.

In the last midterms the Republicans had a real goal to rally behind, which was putting the breaks on President Obama, but this time they don’t. While Republicans winning a narrow majority in the Senate would further restrict Obama’s abilities, the net impact would be fairly minor. Preventing Obama from getting new big laws through Congress was a huge deal. Making it more difficult to get some nominees approved in his last year just can’t compare.

Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at