Do you feel the shift in the political wind? I do.
Hopefully it isn't a product of wishful thinking, a desire to escape the hurricane that many pundits say will blow Democrats off of the political landscape on November 2.
I don't think it is.
Today on Sirius' POTUS I heard the communications director for a Hispanic organization say that the voters she represents are getting more engaged in the election, and are ready to vote against those who are into immigration reform-bashing.
And the Daily Kos Senate Snapshot now has Democrats holidng onto 53 Senate seats, up one from the 52 that has been projected for some time.
Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight has the Dems ending up with 52 Senate seats, but he also sees some recent positive signs for Democratic candidates.
Here in Oregon, I'm still more than a little anxious about Kitzhaber's chances. Polls show the governor's race essentially tied, as is the Congressional contest in my district between Schrader and Bruun.
My prediction is that Kitzhaber and Schrader will bring home wins for the "D" side. It'll be a long return-watching night, though, with each winning by only a percentage point or two.
On the whole, I'm surprised by how optimistic I am about the upcoming election.
A few months ago it looked like a washout for the Democrats. Now, I'm expecting more of a heavy rain that will lead to some erosion of progressive power, but nothing that can't be won back in 2012 when voters realize that the newly elected Republicans don't have any workable ideas for the country, just "no, no, no's."