Republicans nearly swept all competitive Senate races to take control of the Senate. In the House, the GOP majority enlarged to 243 members, giving Republicans the biggest majority since Harry Truman – and, as returns are still tabulated, possibly the biggest majority since 1930. So the results are clear. What's less clear is how Democrats flubbed in telling their story.
Why did Democrats run away from arguably some of the most compelling domestic successes for which they could claim a share of responsibility?
In any other decade, if I were to tell you:
• The stock market has more than doubled and continues to push all-time highs;
• Gas prices have plummeted to the lowest level in a decade;
• The country is closer to energy independence than at any time in 40 years;
• Unemployment has fallen from 10 percent to less than 6 percent;
• Crime is relatively low; and
• Welfare, food stamps and unemployment benefits are quickly coming back to normal levels, you would think that the economy was moving in the right direction.