The 2022 midterms did not go the way Republican voters expected or hoped.
So what happened?
Conservative scholar and historian Victor Davis Hanson has some thoughts and as usual, his insights are solid.
He writes at Real Clear Politics:
What, if anything, did the midterms tell us about the country — other than underwhelming Republicans could still take the House and Senate?
During the COVID-19 lockdowns, American elections radically changed to mail-in and early voting. They did so in a wild variety of state-by-state ways. Add ranked voting and a required majority margin to the mess and the result is that once cherished Election Day balloting becomes increasingly irrelevant.
Election Night also no longer exists. Returns are not counted for days. It is intolerable for a modern democracy to wait and wait for all sorts of different ballots both cast and counted under radically different and sometimes dubious conditions.
The Democrats — with overwhelming media and money advantages — have mastered these arts of massive and unprecedented early, mail-in, and absentee voting. Old-fashioned Republicans count on riling up their voters to show up on Election Day. But it is far easier to finesse and control the mail-in ballots than to “get out the vote.”
The country is divided in more ways than ever. America’s interior just gets redder and the bicoastal corridors bluer.
You may want to read the whole thing.
If you want to hear more analysis from Hanson, the video below is an hour long interview with him about the midterms that covers a wide range of topics. It’s definitely worth your time to watch:
Republicans had better figure this out before the 2024 election.
The future of the country hangs in the balance.