We're finally here: The straightaway to the Nov. 2 general election starts Wednesday, and it's still anybody's game.
We know what you're thinking: That conservative forces such as the tea party movement will destroy Democrats in November, retake the House and maybe the Senate and then deadlock Obama until he's booted out of office in 2012 by someone like John Thune.
Maybe. But here's the problem. Currently, the tea party and Republican party are having a feud of their own in certain primaries. Look at the Delaware Senate GOP race, where tea party darling Christine O'Donnell is facing well known U.S. Rep. Mike Castle.
If we were running for office, we'd want a last name like Castle. Strong, there to defend your rights against the hordes in D.C. who would loot your hard-earned money.
Anyways, this will likely be one of the most interesting races to watch. Castle is favored by the establishment, but plenty of people are ready to toss the establishment out with the bath water. If O'Donnell wins, does she have what it takes to win the general election? Will angry tea party backers go to the polls in November if Castle wins? It appears to be a win-win for Democrats, if the anti-incumbent mood wasn't strong enough to kill a donkey.
That scenario exists in some fashion across several races in the nation. It's not going to be enough to stop Democratic losses in November, but it just might play a big enough role to keep the Dems in the majority.