Playbook: What blue wave?
TUESDAY WAS AN ABJECT DISASTER for Democrats in Washington. To imagine the amount of soul searching and explaining the party will have to do after Tuesday is absolutely dizzying. The infighting will be bloody — as it should be.
We fielded text after text from Hill Democrats Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning with existential questions about their leadership and the direction of their party.
Ds TOLD US in the weeks and months leading up to EDay that they were on track to win the majority in Senate, and they don’t appear poised to do that. Donors gave $90m to lose to @senatemajldr , $108 million to lose to @LindseyGrahamSC and $24 million to lose to @JohnCornyn .
GOP Sen. STEVE DAINES won in MT. GOP Sen. THOM TILLIS is up in NC. GOP Sen. DAVID PERDUE is above 50% in Georgia, at the moment. Sen. SUSAN COLLINS is narrowly ahead in Maine — despite Democrat SARA GIDEON raising $69 million. Iowa Sen. JONI ERNST won her bid for 2d term.
DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS TOLD US that Dems would win a dozen seats in the House, and knock off a whole host of Republican incumbents, and that was completely wrong. Instead, Republicans — powered by the @NRCC and @CLF — beat a bunch of Democratic incumbents.