"Strange powers have our enemies, and strange weaknesses," as King Théoden remarked. Political life always seems overdetermined and implacable, until suddenly it's not. So "Up, Éorlingas, and fear no darkness!"
On the other hand, it's the silly polling season. No, dear friends, Florida and Texas are not in the bag. Sheesh. Get a grip.
Engrenage énorme dont le premier moteur est le moucheron et dont la dernière roue est le zodiaque.
Enormous gearing, the prime motor of which is the gnat, and whose final wheel is the zodiac.
-- Victor Hugo, Les Misérables