The midterm elections are less than three weeks away, but by several measures, Democrats have already won…. How?
1. There’s still a contest for the Senate
Historically, the party in the White House tends to lose seats in Congress during midterm elections. The second midterm election of a two-term president — as this election is for President Barack Obama — is usually brutal. Only six times since the Civil War has a president come close to gaining seats in both chambers in a sixth-year election.
2. Democratic policies are emerging as third rails
Witness Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, running for re-election in Kentucky, and the dance he did around Obamacare during a debate. McConnell insisted that he would repeal Obamacare “root and branch” but somehow, miraculously, keep the law’s state-based health insurance exchange.