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The tension between setting out a positive agenda for governing and the pressure to continue to block and obstruct will be very, very high.
The White House insists that vulnerable Democrats should have supported him more. That couldn't be further from the truth.
If there is a wave, it is the open Senate seats in Colorado and Iowa, as well as the seats held by Sens. Kay Hagan and Jeanne Shaheen, that will sound the alarm.
The mathematics of Senate control after the midterms is increasingly complex.
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.