The elections that followed put an exclamation point on those grim polls. The experts were somehow shocked again and insisted it was all some kind of racist, white conspiracy.
Republicans swept all three statewide offices in the deep Democrat state of Virginia and nearly toppled a sitting governor in the even bluer state of New Jersey. Down-ballot races across the country proved only more devastating. Republicans seized control of the statehouse in Virginia. A truck driver in New Jersey spent just $153 in his primary to oust New Jersey’s Senate President, the state’s top Democrat party boss.
Watching the floundering disbelief and stammering excuses from the political experts on cable television that night was almost as delightful as watching them on that beautiful November night back