Frank Pallone, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the Face of the National Democratic Party

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At this point, anybody who denies that this midterm election constituted a Blue Wave is either self-deluding, a prevaricator, or a political fool. 

Two weekends before the election, I appeared on the NJTV show, On the Record, and predicted that the Democrats would win control of the US House of Representatives in the midterm elections with a net gain of 30-35 seats.  The Democrats have exceeded my expectations, thus far registering a net gain of 37 seats that may well soon increase to 40.  Most remarkably, the Democrats won all the House seats representing Orange County, California, traditionally a bedrock of conservative Republicanism.  

New Jersey Democrats received a special benefit from the Blue Wave, aside from the four House seats they picked up.  Representative Frank Pallone will now become the Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which considers approximately sixty percent of all legislation deliberated by the House. 

The extent of the Blue Wave was not limited to the House of Representatives.  The Democrats picked up seven governorships and gained nationally a total of 336 state legislative seats.

Yet it was the Democratic gain in the House of Representatives that most accurately reflected the fact of this election being a national repudiation of President Donald Trump.  The Democrats currently lead in the national popular vote for House seats by seven percent, roughly the same percentage by which the Republicans prevailed in 2010, an election in which the GOP registered a net gain of 64 House seats. 

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