This post struck a deep chord with me, from David Coates, Politics Professor at Wake Forest University:
Ultimately in the world of democratic politics, the forces of darkness can only be defeated by the forces of light. There is a lot of darkness around right now, which is why it is time for men and women of goodwill to reassert their political presence. Now is the time for those of us who still believe in the possibility of the American Dream to put some light back into the current political discourse, by moving this economy and society away from a Republican trajectory anchored in selfishness, inequality and social division towards a Democratic one based on shared prosperity and a mutual respect for all.
I am cautiously optimistic, because I feel the GOP has gone and is going too far. They are mad at everybody. Check out this post from Jan Schakowsky Democratic Rep from Illinois. Why is the GOP doing this - subtracting key groups from their potential support base: Women, African Americans, Latins, Other Immigrants, Millenials, Gays, and now, even Seniors? Baffling, and not a little bit frightening. I am only optimistic because I feel they will lose in 2014.