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Imagine if they aligned to form a Centrist Caucus, providing the votes needed to top 50 percent in return for commitments on a list of priorities.
Now there appears to be a real question of whether Republicans may need to gross eight seats in order to net six.
Most of the battleground Senate races are trending in the GOP's direction, while Democrats are playing defense in the House.
Democrats' chance to maintain their hold on the Senate now boils down to the ground game.
President Obama's response to global challenges stresses coalition-building over unilateralism.
The corrosive influence of unlimited money in politics continues to grow.
This is not a wave election. It's simply an election being fought on terrain that is highly favorable to Republicans.