Viewed through the lens of midterm history, we did very well last night. We lost fewer seats in the House than history would have suggested and, contrary to the historical norm in midterms, we actually picked up seats in the Senate. But . . .
Given the razor thin margins of many of our victories, we could have VERY easily lost the Senate. I think it is very troubling that some of these razor thin victories were against far-left lunatics - such as, open borders, anti-ICE, Medicare for all Gillum, O’Rourke, Sinema (still not declared), Rosen, etc.
Given the outstanding economy, progress in foreign affairs, trade negotiations, etc, that the extreme left gave as good a showing as they did - losing key races by extremely small margins - should give us cause for pause
IMHO - without Trump’s unprecedented and monumental effort we would have had our asses handed to us. Without the hideous Democratic Kavanaugh fiasco that played out over a 3 week period, even Trump might not have been able to pull out a Senate victory.
Given the positive conditions in the country, why were some of these races against lunatics so close?
Well, we fumbled the ball on Obamacare/healthcare - an issue very important to a large segment of our population.
We have media that largely runs interference for the Left - in fact, some might argue it is largely an extension of the DNC.
For the last 40+ years the nation’s education system - especially, but not exclusively, higher education - has been in FIRM CONTROL of the Left.
Largely because of #2 and #3, we have an underinformed/misinformed electorate - it’s incredible how much our electorate knows that is not true.
These are reasons that come immediately to mind - I’m sure many of you can think of others.
By the way, as I write this little missile, the margin in the Senate is still undecided. Nelson in Florida is within 1/2 a point - recount? The race in Arizona has yet to be decided.
Of further note, it appears Dems have picked up 7 governorships. Looking ahead, control of the statehouse often leads to redrawing the lines of congressional districts - this could be important in determining the outcome of future House races.
I suggest we buckle up - the next 2 years are going to be VERY BUMPY!!