2018 was a WAY better election for Democrats than most people seem to think
(CNN). I admit I was one of those who went to bed disappointed on Tuesday night. As I said then, it was what I expected, not what I hoped. The news since then has continued to get better, and the Democratic wave has materialized in the House, with the largest gains since Watergate, closer to 40 than 30. What blunted enthusiasm, I think, has been two things: slow counting, and Marquee races.
I, like so many, was suckered by the splashy campaigns of O'Rourke, Abrams and Gillum. It's not that they aren't exciting and well-qualified, it's that they were always long shots. We were rooting for underdogs. They were underdogs for a reason, and that reason is institutional. Voting systems are antiquated and attitudes even more so. Florida, Texas and Georgia are the deep South. Things just move slower there.
We were anticipating a "blue tsunami", but what we got was a blue tide. O'Rourke, Abrams and Gillum may not have won, but multiple Congressional races were swept along in their currents. My old hometown in Kansas is now represented by a gay, native American Democrat in a State with a Democratic Governor. KANSAS.
It may take time for it to sink in, but the swing to the left is palpable. Hopefully we're still in the middle of an incoming tide.