The Democrats started into this election season full of assurance that the midterms would be a wave election and flip control of both houses of Congress. Well, maybe not the Senate, but the House for sure. OK, so the House isn’t in the bag, but we’re way ahead. They also thought that the 2016 election would be a slam dunk.
All the Democrats should have had to do this year was to appear to be reasonable, to not look too crazy, and they haven’t been able to do that. Many voters aren’t thrilled with certain aspects of Donald Trump, but many feel they are better off now than they were two years ago. As Conrad Black points out in a post over at NRO,
[w]hatever the polls or the anti-Trump media say, the country knows that unless the local candidate is a person of outstanding merit, and there are many in the Democratic party, a vote for the Democrats is an affirmation of sociopathic conduct, unlimited illegal immigration, failed public policy, the resumption of a flat-lined economy, and a diffident and ineffectual pacifism in the world, where allies lapse and vacuums are filled by terrorists; and China steps confidently toward the headship of the world’s nations.
We’ll soon know how whether the Democrats’ behavior has nationalized the election in ways that override local issues and local talent, leaving the Republicans in control of Congress. The next week-and-a-half is going to be interesting.
Fasten your seat belts.