HURT: O’Rourke, Gil­lum failed to make his­tory in elec­tions.

The Washington Times Daily - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHARLES HURT ● Con­tact Charles Hurt at churt@wash­ing­ton­ or on Twit­ter @charleshurt.

Blue wave? These damned me­te­o­rol­o­gists keep get­ting it wrong. Well, at least it is safe to come back out onto the beach again. Skate­board­ing so­cial­ist Robert Fran­cis O’Rourke did not make his­tory in Texas on Tues­day night. Nei­ther did An­drew Gil­lum in Florida.

They were sup­posed to be the Sec­ond Com­ing of Barack Obama. De­spite the mas­sive me­dia hype, each will have to be con­tent as an as­ter­isk slosh­ing around in a rolling blue pud­dle for now.

Tay­lor Swift, mean­while, is pack­ing up her coun­try boots and her band equip­ment and head­ing back to Hol­ly­wood. Her man in Ten­nessee lost by more than 10 points.

If any­thing, these peo­ple made his­tory by halt­ing what should have been a lights-out dev­as­tat­ing night for Pres­i­dent Trump. It wasn’t.

Con­sider this: a dead pimp run­ning as a Trump Repub­li­can in Ne­vada won. Ouch.

Mr. Trump’s Repub­li­cans lost con­trol of the House, but that was to be ex­pected in his first midterm face­off. And it was not the blood­bath Mr. Obama and Bill Clin­ton suf­fered in their first midterms. Amaz­ingly, the pres­i­dent’s party will ac­tu­ally ex­pand its ma­jor­ity in the U.S. Se­nate.

In a di­rect proxy war over Mr. Trump and his agenda, Repub­li­can Ron DeSan­tis nar­rowly de­feated Demo­crat An­drew Gil­lum for gov­er­nor of Florida, the fiercest of bat­tle­ground states.

It was a race de­cided by is­sues, Mr. Trump’s strong suit.

Robert Fran­cis O’Rourke — “Beto” for po­lit­i­cal pur­poses — nar­rowly lost to Sen. Ted Cruz in a state Mr. Cruz should have car­ried by dou­ble dig­its. But races have a habit of nar­row­ing when the na­tional po­lit­i­cal me­dia step in and dump mil­lions and mil­lions of dol­lars in free, glow­ing ad­ver­tis­ing for the so­cial­ist on a skate­board.

Now come the end­less in­ves­ti­ga­tions, hear­ings and im­peach­ment cir­cus in the House un­der Speaker Nancy Pelosi. My ques­tion is this: If that strat­egy did not work very well in a midterm when the Demo­cratic base was su­per-en­er­gized, why would it work in two years?

Any­way, for nearly two decades, Repub­li­cans all across the coun­try have been run­ning cam­paigns against Mrs. Pelosi and win­ning bigly. That strat­egy will cer­tainly work again in 2020 af­ter two years of Mrs. Pelosi back with the gavel.

Mr. Trump, mean­while, can turn to the Se­nate, where Repub­li­cans ex­panded their ma­jor­ity, per­haps by as many as four seats.

As Mr. Trump has al­ready demon­strated, noth­ing thrills con­ser­va­tive Repub­li­can vot­ers more than putting highly qual­i­fied con­sti­tu­tion­al­ists into the fed­eral courts. Tues­day’s elec­tion just made that a whole lot eas­ier.


Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who re­ceived mas­sive me­dia hype in his chal­lenge of Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas, did not make his­tory Tues­day as Democrats had hoped.

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