Lets take a step back and review the past 4 election cycles. The Democrats have seriously defeated the GOP in 2006, 2008 and 2012. The one exception is 2010, when the GOP took the House, but the Dems kept the Senate. So, in 4 election cycles in 6 years, we've had the House and Senate up for grabs 4 times (8 chances to take a 1/3 of power) and the White House 2 times. Of the 3 parts of power, there have been 10 overall chances in 6 years to grab one. The Democrats took or held: Senate 2006 Senate 2008 Senate 2010 Senate 2012 House 2006 House 2008 White House 2008 White House 2012 The GOP took or held: House 2010 House 2012 Is this the demographic and ideological shift we've been hearing about for so long? Doesn't look like this trend will reverse anytime soon.