Liberal writer Ed Kilgore stated it well: “Republican House gains this year will represent more a reversion to the norm than some sort of electoral tsunami.”

The biggest category of GOP gains will be the “snap-backs” — seats Democrats took from Republicans in 2006 and 2008 thanks to the Democratic wave, Obama coattails, and Republican scandals and extravagance…

Besides recouping recent losses, Republicans are back on track with the party’s long-term realignment — winning House seats in rural and Southern districts that consistently vote Republican for president…

The bad news for Republicans: This election isn’t really redrawing the map, and it doesn’t represent a fierce reaction against the Democrats. Instead, the country is returning to where it was politically before the Republicans threw away their majority in 2006 and 2008 through overspending, two wars, and rampant corruption.

The bad news for Democrats: This suggests that America really is a Republican country, with 2006 and 2008 as aberrations.