I laughed out loud upon reading Nate Cohn’s confession at The Upshot today that he was finding this midterm election to be great fun. Best I can tell, Nate’s about 25 at most, and emerged, like Athena from the forehead of Zeus, fully formed as a star election analyst during the 2012 presidential cycle. So I can’t imagine he’s experience so many midterm cycles that he’s finding this one way cooler than that one.

I dunno, what do the readers of Political Animal think about this cycle, separating it if possible from what you think is going to happen? Is there more lying and cheating going on than is usual? Are either or both major parties being especially bone-headed? Are there candidates you find fascinating and even promising? Any that strike you as a sign of the End Times?

As the principal blogger here, I also have to ask if our coverage has been decent. I’m always having to walk a tightrope between redundancy and a lack of clarity, and it also sometimes seems I’m struggling to swim through big waves of ignorance–bigger than any party “wave”–emanating from some precincts of the MSM. Filling eleven or (more often) twelve posts a day with something reasonably fresh isn’t easy in a campaign season when candidates and advocacy groups are grinding away like cicadas with the same old same old. But I’m reasonably sure that on November 4 I’ll have the same child-on-Christmas-Eve anticipation of another election, whatever hellish grief or temporary joy it might bring.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.