“The Blue Wave and Red Undertow”

Assessing the Democratic Party’s Performance in the 2020 House Elections

By Edward Hamburg

Michael Tomasky was thinking for many of us when he wondered in a recent essay what the Democrats actually won in the November 2020 elections. He first states the obvious: the defeat of Donald Trump. But he goes on to talk of our collective disappointment with the Senate results, as well those in the House, which he believes “were even more shocking.” (1) Tomasky expressed this shock when the Democrats’ net loss was eight seats; he no doubt feels worse with…