A big fear for me this cycle was a Progressive wave pulling Democrats further left as a normal midterm reversal or bigger wave saw them elected and gaining the incumbent advantage in later cycles. That fear mostly evaporated as center-left candidates did well in the Democratic primaries. My party has been jogging away from my touch right of center politics for a while…and started sprinting with Trump. It’s nice to see that Democrats managed to at least put the brakes on the window pulling left and offer me acceptable alternatives. I truly feared having to violate my general rule for voting for the first time. I don’t vote for Tea Party or Progressive candidates. This year won’t require me breaking that rule for the first time. I don’t expect to see the parties closely resemble the politics of my two favorite President, the elder Bush and Clinton, anytime soon. The primaries were a nice little surprise though.
Maybe it’s just my touch right of center politics but I’m not seeing a big practical difference between a one seat and a forty seat House majority, anyway. A normal mid-term shift or giant wave are pretty close to the same in effect IMO. Passing legislation will still take bipartisan support in the Senate. Passing legislation that Trump doesn’t support will still take significant GOP support in the House to overcome his veto.