What if the Democrats don't win?
By "win" I mean "Democrats take over the house".
Here's my humble opinion:
1) For the Democratic establishment it won't mean much. If the drubbings in 2010, 2014, and 2016 can't cause a leadership change, or even an autopsy, then nothing will.
If anything they will blame progressives and embrace a neoliberal center-right agenda even more.
2) For the Democratic base, OTOH, it'll be devastating. Democratic activists will lose heart and it will begin the real start of America being a one-party state. The reason I think this is after you call the other guy a traitor and fascist, and that still isn't enough to defeat him, what else can you do to motivate your voters?
Expect progressive voter activism to plummet in 2020.
The Green Party will probably grow, but not as fast as the Democrats shrink.
3) For the Republican Party, it will reward the very worst of the Trump agenda: fear-mongering, scapegoating immigrants and the poor, voter-suppression, and blatant lying.
After all, what else are Republicans actually running on?
So expect the GOP to double-down on all of those things.
Plus, they will no longer have anything to fear from the Democrats, so they can carry out a far-right agenda in the open and simply lie about it. Their voting base will believe the lies over the evidence before their own eyes.
What does everyone else think?