Politically speaking, all bets are off, the rules have changed and everything is up for grabs in 2012.
Legislative and congressional districts have been redrawn by a citizen’s commission without the gerrymandering that has contributed so much to the stalemates and gridlock in Washington and Sacramento for most of the last two decades.
Even more importantly, the party primary system is gone, replaced by an open primary system that allows you on June 5 to cast your ballot for any candidate, no matter the party affiliation. The top two vote-getters will be in a runoff in November, even if they are both from the same party, unless somebody gets an outright majority in June.
Taking control away from the Democrats and Republicans should mean that there will be fewer politicians from the far left and far right, and more somewhere in the middle, where most voters are. This is a change that would re-introduce the idea of compromise back into state and congressional politics and might even get America moving again.