Democrats Must Take a Shot at Texas

They don’t look like liberals.

Photographer: Scott J. Ferrell/CQ-Roll Call,Inc.

When Democrats are desperate, they dream of Texas.

Most current election models show Democrats coming up short of the two dozen seats they need to gain control of the House of Representatives in 2018. If Democrats don't have control of the House, a Republican Congress almost certainly won't act against President Donald Trump — barring the most spectacular, incontrovertible and damning evidence from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.  

In other words, the cavalry — democratic as well as Democratic — might not be coming. Writing last month at FiveThirtyEight, election analyst David Wasserman laid out the difficult odds for Democrats: