David Gregory won’t stop saying the new Democratic House majority is going to be torn between its liberal leadership and the new “right of center” Democrats who’ve won races tonight and put them in the majority. Essentially every other MSM figure I’ve heard on television has said the same thing. But as Tom Schaller and Ben Adler have pointed out this is, um, just wrong.
It’s true that a few races have seen culturally conservative Democrats winning conservative districts but beyond Health Shuler there really aren’t very many clear-cut examples of this. The overwhelmingly predominant trend has been for moderate-to-liberal districts in the Northeast and Midwest to dump faux moderate Republicans in favor of fairly orthodox progressive Democrats. It’s regional realignment backlash, not a new Democratic thrust into Dixie.