Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Monday, April 29, 2019
During the three presidential elections of the 1980s, the Democrats only ever carried 12 states and the District of Columbia. Or to put it the other way, 38 states voted Republican all three times. It was a radically different map than we are used to with states like California, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Biden’s Delaware going for Reagan twice and then for George H. W. Bush in 1988. During a long decade’s worth of setbacks that saw no Democratic presidential candidate cracking 46 percent of the popular vote, it was easy to give way to despair.