An FBI agent gains "stats" for serving subpoenas, national security letters, executing search warrants, contacting confidential sources, etc., whether or not any relevant evidence is obtained via this "work".
In 1994 Democrats were caught flat-footed by the GOP onslaught -- completely unprepared to mount a defense. This year there is a danger that the opposite will be true -- that fear and defeatism turn into self-fulfilling prophesies.
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.