Democrats are steeling themselves for another disappointing election as their dreams of a Big Blue Wave evaporate like so much dew in the midmorning sun. It was only a couple of months ago that Democrats felt confident that they could ride anti-Trump enthusiasm to not only take back the House of Representatives but also wrest away control of the Senate. That would put the party in prime position to launch an endless series of investigations against the president, block every piece of legislation that did not conform to their liberal agenda, and keep the Supreme Court safe from Republican hands for at least two years.
Sadly for them, it’s not turning out the way they hoped. According to the Associated Press, “the question is no longer the size of the Democratic wave…it’s whether there will be a wave at all.”
Three things have worked to improve Republicans’ position moving into election day: The confirmation fight over Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s rising approval numbers, and an approaching caravan of migrants traveling through Central America.
It’s hard to overstate just how badly Democrats miscalculated their disgusting, politics-breaking effort to keep Kavanaugh off the Supreme Court. They thought for sure that in the #MeToo era, they could railroad this upstanding conservative with baseless, unsubstantiated allegations from 40 years ago. They thought Republicans would just whither up and die on the vine. They thought they could force President Trump to walk away from his nominee and give The Resistance their biggest victory of his presidency.
None of that happened. Instead, Democrats wound up making themselves look increasingly unhinged and blatantly unfit for Washington power. The country’s sympathies began to turn towards Kavanaugh, who was hit with fuzzy allegation after fuzzy allegation until the idea of “innocent until proven guilty” was turned into a national mockery. To be sure, Democrats certainly riled up their base of rabid feminists with this spectacle, but let’s face it, those girls were already voting for them. The people they needed to reach were repulsed by the whole scene. Worse, Republicans who might have otherwise stayed home this election cycle were more energized than ever.
Ultimately, this one is going to come down to an election night nailbiter. Democrats have to win 23 seats to put Nancy Pelosi back in the Speakership, and polls indicate that they might just be able to do it. Still, for an election where they expected to win in a national landslide, the fact that they might NOT do it is coming as a shock to the party’s leadership.
But then, this wouldn’t be the first time millions of liberals were left crying after all the votes were counted.