According to a recent AP-GfK poll, Americans may not hold Democrats in high regard, but their view of Republicans is even worse. Only 38% approve of Democrats in Congress, but that is better than the 31% the Republicans can muster. And 59% expressed dissatisfaction with the Dems, but the figure for Republicans is 64%. President Obama may not be polling all that well, but, you guessed it, Republicans get even lower marks.
The reason why Republican candidates may gain seats, and we have been hearing this for a while, is that their base, especially the Teabaggers, is more fired up, and thus more likely to vote. Perhaps, though I have learned to be wary of the memes the mainstream media throws out. And I am detecting a slight shift away from this script, in part because Dems seem to be coming out of their stupor and are connecting a few dots.
We'll see, though it is beyond me how any Democratic voter cannot feel motivated, especially after watching someone like Sharron Angle or Christine O'Donnell speak. Never mind how some Dems have disappointed you. Look at the alternative. And you say you are going to sit this one out because Obama and Company have not addressed all your concerns? Give your brain a chance.
The supreme irony is that if progressives and moderates sit out this election, the people the public regards most unfavorably, Congressional Republicans, will be the ones that win. And it will all be because Teabaggers and other right-wingers bothered to vote, and the rest of us did not.