“Thanks to the coincidence of the Republicans having a particularly good year in 2010?”
I’m going to call BS on that one. The Republicans didn’t have a good year in 2010 by happenstance. The Republicans have known the real truth about American political strategy for decades. The presidency is a sideshow. The real power is in Congress and the real power to control Congress is in the many states.
The Democrats just haven’t bothered to counter the Republicans on the state and local level. Howard Dean put and infrastructure together that was going to be a counter but the Dems promptly kicked him to the curb after Obama won and went back to business as usual.
This stuff isn’t coincidence. The Republicans keep eating the Democrats’ lunch precisely because they plan for state and local elections while the Democrats don’t even put candidates up in a lot of districts because they just don’t think it’s worth the money.
The Democrats have refused to put the money and effort into holding on at the local level for a long time now and barely been hanging on by a narrow margin. That margin is now gone and we’re going to pay dearly. Please don’t let the Democratic Party off the hook by pretending that the Republican grip on local politics is just some sort of coincidence.