(HUFFINGTON POST) – Was it a blue wave? A blue tsunami? Or a blue trickle? That's been the debate of the chattering classes since November's midterm elections. Even before Nov. 6, the question of whether Democrats would score a major victory or whether Republicans would maintain a red wall of defense around President Donald Trump dominated the year's political coverage.
That's not a surprising framework for understanding an election year. Yet the obsession for much of 2018 with handicapping the upcoming election, and the microanalysis of the results in the weeks since, reveals both a misunderstanding of what is really happening in American politics and a deeper problem with our political commentary.
If a forest is often missed for the trees, it may also be that sometimes you can't see the ocean for the waves. To conclude that a blue wave has crashed on Congress overlooks the much more significant political development of 2018: This year was about a blue base being built across the nation, one that that will support a durable Democratic majority going forward.
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