The Democrat endgame for the election was to bury the public in money and messaging, censor Republicans on social media, and then take control of states for redistricting, the White House and the Senate, and expand their majority in the House, at which point they’d control the national political system allowing them to…
1. Pack the Senate and Supreme Court
2. Control redistricting
3. End the two-party system and initiate permanent socialist rule
That project looks fairly shaky. And the redistricting isn’t happening.
An abysmal showing by Democrats in state legislative races on Tuesday not only denied them victories in Sun Belt and Rust Belt states that would have positioned them to advance their policy agenda — it also put the party at a disadvantage ahead of the redistricting that will determine the balance of power for the next decade.
By Wednesday night, Democrats had not flipped a single statehouse chamber in its favor. And it remained completely blocked from the map-making process in several key states — including Texas, North Carolina and Florida, which could have a combined 82 congressional seats by 2022 — where the GOP retained control of the state legislatures.
After the 2019 elections, Republicans were already set to have total control over the crafting of more than twice as many congressional seats as Democrats. And after a weak showing on Tuesday, Democrats did nothing to reverse that disadvantage, giving Republicans a chance to draw favorable maps that will help them elect their preferred state and federal representatives for the next five election cycles…
Votes are still being tallied, but it appears Democrats missed nearly all of their top targets — though there’s a slight chance they could gain control in the Arizona House and Senate. Party operatives concede they are not on track to win the Michigan or the Iowa houses, either chamber in Pennsylvania or the Minnesota state Senate, which was their most promising target this cycle.
Democrats did not flip the two seats needed to claim the majority in Minnesota’s upper chamber, which would have given them trifecta control of both chambers and the governor’s office. That outcome gives them less of an opening to protect some of the Democratic incumbents clustered around the Twin Cities next year when Minnesota is likely to lose a seat in the next redistricting.
The biggest disappointment came in the seat-rich state of Texas, Democrats needed nine seats to reclaim the majority after flipping a dozen in the midterms. Though some races remain uncalled, so far Democrats were able to unseat one incumbent and Republicans offset that with another pickup.
I forget who joked on Twitter that George Soros needs to ask Eric Holder for his money back.
This is bad news for the long game. Democrat ambitions depended on hijacking infrastructure and their gains in that regard have been very limited. Despite all the money spent, they’ve had to resort to desperate ballot fraud in urban political machines to try and seize the White House. And those political machines are not in a position to seize the key states they need.
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