I'd been reassured by the Congressional race polls showing Republican gains. I'm all for having a Congress that can block cap & trade and other expansions of government power. The huge gains for them being talked about now are worrying me. I'm not bothered by the flakier candidates. I'd much rather have raving loons wandering the Senate floor than skilled legislative technicians doing their best to plunder the Treasury on behalf of their party now that the other has been booted out.
The Republicans look like they're going to have a big win. Traditionally those are followed up by hubristic overreach on some issue totally irrelevant to the voters who'd elected them (see 1994, 2004, 2008). Hopefully the tea partiers will leaven the caucus enough to keep them focused on getting spending under control. If not, I may wind up campaigning for libertarians or some other third party instead of just casting a protest vote for them.