As the California mail-in vote trickles in, it’s looking more and more like Dems killed in suburban LA. But the most shocking suburban wins were near Oklahoma City (Kendra Horn) and Atlanta (Lucy McBath). The swing towards Democrats in suburban Atlanta over the past six years is really quite remarkable and similar things could start to happen all over the country, especially in the south.
The South won't start to vote for Democrats because of nonwhite/Hispanic voting. It will start to vote for Democrats if the Southern suburbs start to vote like Northern suburbs. https://t.co/bgBdDZn4sG
— Sean T at RCP (@SeanTrende) November 8, 2018
Look, I don’t like the idea of a suburban strategy. I don’t like suburbs — I grew up in the country and as an adult I feel most at home in Manhattan. There aren’t many good songs about the suburbs, maybe a few by the Modern Lovers but that’s about it. And the real purpose of the Democratic party is to protect workers, not middle-managers. But one thing I’ve learned in politics is that sometimes you’ve got to declare victory. That’s tough for liberals, I know. It’s becoming more and more clear that Tuesday night was a victory. Thirty-five plus in the House and we are pretty likely to end up only losing two in the Senate, which isn’t bad given the map.
Pundits want Dems to win back the guys who hang out at the bar next to the abandoned steel mill that only serves Bud. But maybe that’s not what the future is about at all.
Update. Are people not understanding that the point here is that the suburbs ARE where Democrats will gain?