Gaining 35 seats in the House is impressive, and it will be the second-largest turnover in my lifetime, but after the overhyping of Republican chances for the last year it will seem anticlimactic and unsatisfying.
I will add that the overhyping was as much a product of the progressive fever swamp, your Silvers, Marshalls, and Yglesiasi than the overheated vents over at FUX. The reasons are several: the surety of consensus in the light of historic trends (Matty and Josh), the need to attract eyeballs (Josh and Josh), the desire to appear knowing, and to please the new corporate underwriter (Nate); all aided, to be sure, by fractious and
Ignored by people who should know better are the mitigating factors, frequently enumerated here, of big wheel demographic trends, GOP failure and brainlessness, a politico-infotainment media which pays attention only to itself, and the essential practicality of a broad electorate that has become less and less susceptible (my theory) to the blandishments of brain-dead political ads.
Weeks ago I insisted that Democratic losses would be on the low side of what's predicted, at the time something like 15-20, and that both houses would remain in trembling Democratic hands. I see no reason to change this view, even if the under has been upped to 35.
What very few in the business have bothered to consider, and what will be a big topic in a week's time, are the fatal implications for a GOP which has inhaled a bunch of belligerent nitwits without grasping the power needed to keep them from running amok, and the old party from flying to furious pieces.