Republicans didn't sweep these elections for grand ideological reasons, but because not enough of the Democratic base showed up to vote. Exit polls also show that angry voters who flocked to Republicans will end up disappointed in their actual policies. And in 2012, Democrats will be ready.Notsofast, Markos. If Republicans step up to the plate and make substantial changes, they're likely to gain momentum for 2012. If Republicans flounder and do nothing, there's still a chance they can convince voters it's still the Democrats' fault. Whatever the case, we're probably looking at some very tight margins in 2012 on the Congressional and Presidential level. It's too soon to say which party will be stronger just yet.