Extreme Candidates and Positions Came Back to Bite in Midterms
November 25, 2018
Midterm Elections are now in the books. In these elections the media will be consumed with a fight between the two main parties and many independents. But how does one define an Independent? A political independent is a person who has voted in all three general elections, even in cases where he was too young for the first time.
That makes this year’s elections a contest between people who are not wedded to the party line and are not loyal to parties. In many ways the media has been caught by surprise with the independent and have been slow to pick the most ‘unique’ candidates in the midterm elections.
I wanted to look not just at the candidates who come out of the parties but also those candidates who are clearly independent, but as a result of having been a candidate before in the past. These are the people who are not as good as they think they are and are not sure about the current political situation or its impact on their community.
Here are some of the lessons we can learn from midterms:
Most midterms are held in off year elections
Most midterms are held in off year elections – this year it happened during the off year between the first and second presidential election. Normally the midterms would be held in a year between the first and second federal elections but this year it happened in the off year of the first federal election of the year.
Midterm elections are also not a normal electoral season as they seem to be. Normally you would have an election between parties in order to get elected to the House, then the Senate and then in another election to get to the White House or the U.S. Supreme Court. Midterms are held in off year elections with a few issues like the Kavanaugh Nomination in the early 1990s. Democrats did not have a nominee and they lost some seats in the Senate while winning the White House and the House of Representatives.
Midterms are important because they allow voters to see who has what agenda and who is loyal to the party line. They