One of Hillary Clintons talking points during the primary was to "stop George Bush's war on Science." Im thinking she was referring mostly to stem cell research, but even if she was talking about physics to it doesn't matter much anymore. McCain wants to invest in Nuclear Energy, so I guess that would be indirectly beneficial to physicists. Obama hasn't really said much, to my knowledge, but does want to invest in alternative energy. Im assuming that doens't mean plasma or anything that we study though. When I visited UC Davis they told me its harder for them now to have students in HEP since to send them over to CERN costs so much right now. So, yes, I do think it is affecting us.