Not so much apathy as resignation.
I know a bunch of folks here are hyped about GJ or this or that congressional, state or local liberty candidate, and that's great, but as far as the short term prospects I'm resigned to the fact that not much if anything is likely to change for the better. We'll either have emperor O or emperor Willard and either will be horrid.
My usual defense mechanism after resigning from hope is to slip into the mindset of viewing politics as a sideshow. I'd rather just tune out completely but we do have to watch them since their actions affect our livelihoods.
Never trouble trouble til trouble troubles you. Fortune Cookie