WHERE WILL YOUR TUCHUS BE TOMORROW?…. We talked yesterday about the latest data showing Democrats actually faring pretty well with registered voters, but struggling with likely voters.

Rachel Maddow had a good segment on this last night (and I didn’t just enjoy it because she quoted me). “The country likes Democrats better,” Rachel explained, “but the people who don’t are the people planning to vote.

“The distance between Democrats winning versus Democrats losing on Tuesday is the distance between your tuchus on the couch if you’re going to vote for Democrats and your tuchus actually making it to the voting booth on Tuesday if you’re going to vote for Democrats. That’s the distance.

“Common wisdom, schmommon-wisdom. When you’re figuring out what this means for the House, and the Senate, and the governors, and what have you, that’s essentially the important difference — Democrats have the voters. It is only a question of whether or not Democrats get the votes. That’s what remains to be seen.”

When we look back on this cycle, I suspect three angles will be the most significant in terms of impact. The first is the role of secret campaign money in the post-Citizens United landscape. The second is the role of Tea Partiers in the GOP primaries. And third is the simple matter of the listless Democratic rank-and-file just not showing up in comparable numbers to the hyper-enthused Republican base.

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.