It turns out that having a deeply pessimistic view of politics and the future of the species is a mixed bag. It obviously has psychological rewards or people wouldn't do it, and I am no exception. But it takes some getting used to.
I kept getting worked up, for example, about the fact that I have to go into work tomorrow and work several hours that the company will not pay for.
Interestingly, it took being in a generally good mood to realize that, well, yeah, of course I do.