No matter which party triumphs in tomorrow’s midterm elections, we’re likely to learn the wrong lessons. That’s because our political polarization is so strong that we’re no longer arguing over policy differences – we’re arguing over whether the other side is even worthy of having a discussion. The answer, from both sides, seems to be no.
Let’s assume the Democrats win big tomorrow. That win will be due to a few factors: the historical pressures running against incumbent parties; the toxicity of President Trump; a media climate dedicated in extraordinary fashion to the Democratic agenda. But that’s not what Democrats are likely to believe.