It was a tough year, but events from 2010 contain the seeds of transformation. None of the following stories is enough on its own to change the momentum, but each story points to a piece of the solution.
The Democratic Party lost its spine the moment it decided to cash in on corporate political money. If we don't reverse Citizens United and get the money out of our political system, progressive causes don't stand a chance.
Being pro-free market and anti-big government, conservatives value money too much and regulation not enough, a blend culminating in Oscar Wilde's indictment of "knowing the cost of everything and the value of nothing."
We can't really predict what will happen on November 2. All we know is that the historical trends are pushing against the Democrats, and that Citizens United has definitively tipped the scales in favor of the oligarchy.
Low RNC donations have Democrats jumping for joy, but their excitement is misplaced. The combination of Michael Steele and Citizens United is creating a paradigm shift in how elections are funded among Republicans.
A citizen movement is bubbling up through the barriers of special interest concrete in Washington that is not driven by tea party anti-government fervor, but by the hopes of regular folks who believe we can take our country back.