If you’re reading this after the midterm elections, it’s either because Democrats were right that they could buck the historical trends and keep their House majority—or it’s because they were spectacularly wrong.
The man in charge of defending House Democrats is confident it will be the former, thanks to strong economic growth and a competent COVID response. And what’s more, he thinks Republicans are betting everything on a historical trend that isn’t going to play out.
“I got it,” Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told The Daily Beast this week during a phone interview. “There’s a precedent that says you lose a couple of seats. But what is clear to me is that the Republicans think there’s nothing about their brand they need to change in swing districts, and I just think they’re wrong about that.”