Brent Budowsky: Much of the insider political community has fallen victim to the misleading cliche that Democrats must not move “too far to the left.”
Julianne Malveaux: While our “democracy” is weighed against people who live on the margins, who don’t have driver’s licenses, who don’t vote regularly, who move frequently, we ought to be focused on ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to vote.
Robert M. Nelson and Marguerite Renner: While impeachment appears attractive and appropriate, the lessons of history might counsel enthusiastic Democrats to be careful of what they wish.
Charles Jaco: For Espy to have any chance of winning, there has to be a surge in black votes like U.S. Senator Doug Jones saw in Alabama, when he upset Republican and accused pedophile Roy Moore.
Steve Hochstadt: Between our presidential elections every four years, the congressional races in the midterms give us the best reading, across the country, of how Americans divide themselves between Democrats and Republicans.
John Seeley: For practical purposes, 2018 ended after Stacey Abrams and Sen. Nelson conceded, realizing recounts weren’t going to save them. However, important 2018 loose ends need to be dealt with in the next couple weeks that are all about 2020, despite their calendar date.
John Seeley: Even if the DSCC or Espy campaign did have affidavits from teen boys traumatized by after-school interactions with Hyde-Smith, it wouldn’t hurt Cindy’s chances much if the boys were past the age of consent.
Steve Hochstadt: The likelihood of unusually heavy turnout had been discussed for months, but many polling places were unprepared for large numbers of voters.
Aimee Allison: Women of color won this year by organizing on the ground, reaching out to communities of color, and subsequently inspiring a record number of voters (for a midterm election) to go to the polls.
Steve Hochstadt: Was it a big wave or a little wave or a ripple? Who even knows what those words mean applied to national elections? Numbers are better.
Charles Jaco: Republican trickle-down-cut-taxes-for-the-rich-free-enterprise economics have destroyed rural and small-town Missouri the same way they’ve impoverished urban areas.
Lauren Windsor: Should a billionaire prevail in the Democratic primary and Trump run for reelection, Americans could be looking at a three-way billionaire presidential ballot in the 2020 general election.
John Peeler: Democrats will at least be able to block bad legislation; at best they will be able on occasion to achieve bipartisan solutions to issues like infrastructure improvements, or even a fix on some features of the Affordable Care Act.