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The results of the 2018 midterm elections can be considered a draw.

For the Democratic Party, their hopes of a Big Blue Wave representing a repudiation of President Trump failed to materialize. Instead, they performed well within the norm for the opposing party in the midterm elections of a new president.

For the Republicans, facing a favorable map with a host of Democratic incumbents in States carried handily by President Trump in 2016, a slightly expanded Senate majority is merely a passing grade. They left a lot of money on the table.

In the final analysis, the split indecision (if I may call it that) is merely a manifestation of the failure of both parties to fully and clearly articulate a vision for America’s future and to persuade the American people of the goodness and justness of that vision.

is director of academic programs at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. He is the editor of several books and a past Lincoln Fellow of the Claremont Institute.

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