Midterm Lessons For Both Parties

If the election was a referendum on Donald Trump, the collective decision of the nation was “meh.”

The midterm elections ended pretty much as predicted. Democrats won the House and Republicans enlarged their hold on…

For the Democrats, the most obvious lesson to take from the midterms is that radicalism does not pay. Even though Democrats won the House, they underperformed in many races. This may be due in large part to the fact that the party nominated radical candidates. For example, in the Florida gubernatorial race, the Democrats nominated a democratic socialist who was the subject of an FBI ethics investigation. Socialism may play in deep blue districts of the Northeast or West Coast, but not in purple states. And the experience of Hillary in 2016 should have taught Democrats to steer clear of candidates mired in FBI investigations.