The midterms didn’t disappoint in terms of turnout, but the “blue wave” apparently smacked right into the Senate sea wall.
Democrats did wrestle control of the House away from Republicans, as expected. However, the reality is, President Trump smashed all Democrat hopes of a crushing rebuke in his first midterm test. In fact, he helped to flip key Senate races where entrenched Democrats were seen as “safe."
This isn’t usually the case. History as recent as President Obama’s first midterm shows us how badly things can go for a first-term president after two years of new policy initiatives rooted in campaign promises.
Tuesday's split decision was in no small measure the result of President Trump’s tireless campaigning and Republican turnout on a scale we haven’t seen in some time. Democrat messaging was social in nature, with much of it rooted in unhinged hatred for Donald Trump. But that ended up hurting them in many key Senate races.
In the end, I’m OK with the results, as Democrats threw everything but the kitchen sink at this president, and enjoyed huge turnout as well, but still came up far short of their goal line.
The question now is: how will they use their power in a divided government in a divided nation?