Schaller recommends that Democrats recruit more campaign volunteers in minority neighborhoods since there is some evidence that more minority volunteers boosts minority turnout. But can Democrats not named “Obama” get people to volunteer their time?

Ed Kilgore recommends that Democrats tackle the problem by improving their performance among the white older voters that dominate mid-term turnout. But looking at Obama’s 2013 agenda (amnesty, gun control, cap and trade, higher taxes on investment income) it is hard to see anything that would appeal to this demographic.

As toxic as the environment on Capitol Hill is right now, this next year is probably the best chance Obama has to do anything in his second term.