1) I'm completely turned off to politics, Republicans and Democrats, all, and
2) I can't remember what #2 was. Make that one reason.
I do think, if you're committed to the Democratic Party view of life, it'll be kind of good news/bad news. The good news is that more Democrats will be in office come January. The bad news: America will still be a sovereign nation for at least awhile. So it's mixed.
Reporters are wondering if more conservative Christians are turned off from the political process, and from my vantage point, they certainly are. After years of introspection on might-making-right, many on the Christian Right no longer see politics as a be-all, end-all. This is good news for those on the Christian Left, who still do.
The abortion issue is not what it was. I mean, it still is what it was -- violent, unjust, unmerciful to the most vulnerable -- but more and more evangelicals consider it an issue on par with, say, auto emissions. The central ethical/scientific argument over abortion (Is is human life?) is long over (ultrasounds seem to suggest it's not, say, canine life) but it's just not an issue for the hip.
Ditto for marriage. If you want a ticket directly out of the hip church crowd, say you're voting for someone because the candidate wants to keep marriage as a coherent legal concept. There's a high price to pay for its loss, certainly, but we've readily paid the price before for sexual liberty. Like writer P.D. James says, it's not the adults who pay that price. And the others can't vote.
There will be silver linings for conservatives. A resounding Democratic Party resurgence to power might lead to op-ed columns that actually branch out from the standard template of "Aren't Christians stupid/easily-led/idiots/ignorant/racists/fools/hicks/unfashionable/repressed/simpletons?" Might. Maybe.
We won't get an immediately-coordinated campaign alleging widespread voter fraud. Reverse the outcome, and we will.
Also good: Democrats in power will actually spend less than Republicans.
If Kansas votes for the enlightened, we wouldn't get another What's the Matter with Kansas?, asking how dupes could possibly ignore their pocketbooks, and instead vote on values issues. What kind of truly evolved American would vote according to convictions about issues instead of what lines their pockets?
Maybe we'll be spared that. Probably not. Intellectual energy is tough to recover. I know this first-hand after Xboxing.
I might TiVo NBC. I like it when Tim Russert uses that marker-board thing.