We have off-year elections this year. That means elections for the Senate--a third of its hundred seats up for six year terms and all of the the House's 435 seats, for two year terms. The District of Columbia won't vote; we have no representation in the Congress.
In a lot of districts the issues will be local--a bridge, an allegedly crooked pol. It will be harder, I think, for Republicans to make President Obama's person or policies be issues because he and they have been moderate,
I can remember when public anger was so strong here--during the Vietnam War or the Nixon impeachment--when perfect strangers would yell on the street at those of us who covered the news.
There's none of that now. It looks like a clean battle for November, followed by the big shootout two years later.