Every four years, betwixt the other four years, panicked brigades of the ethnically bleached and propagandistically saturated swamp the polling booths while whole armies of the demographically emergent stay home. Variations in this electoral imbalance do occur, but the gist of most midterms is that palsied neuroses and predatory ignorance dominate.
Given that brief, one-step forward, 435+33-steps back history of our staggering electoral system, it's rather easy to predict with highest confidence that the 2014 midterms will come packaged in blazing hysteria over the "misplaced belief that the only thing we have to fear is the budget deficit," as E.J. Dionne puts it today. Mitch McConnell is already stoking the fearful bugaboo as the "transcendent issue of our era," even though conservative economists such as the Financial Times' Martin Wolf know from empirical data that "It is far more important to promote recovery." Wolf's eminently conservative advice: "Just calm down."
Now of course Wolf understands that tranquil reason is hideously incompatible with political conservatism, but political conservatives understand that not one crimson hayseed is reading Wolf. GOP voters, like tittering children 'round the campfire, positively love to be frightened--and lucky for them they have a boundless supply of on-air bogeymen who daily relate hair-raising stories of swarthy leftist wastrels, which promptly make the base's pink ass turn ivory white. These terrified asses then dutifully vote.
And give them credit. That much they "get." They understand what habitual voting can accomplish, while too many--in fact "the many"--don't.