Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership’s Senior Policy Director. Democratic gains in the House of Representatives last Tuesday, Election Day outcomes were far from the big blue wave that liberals promised. Though the media are loath to admit it, Democrats underperformed on Tuesday, and Republicans did better (far better, in some cases) than expected, limiting their House losses while gaining up to four seats in the Senate. The overall takeaway here is clear: wishing (and rioting, protesting, marching, running people out of restaurants, threatening violence, generally being indecent) doesn’t make it so. Progressive values still aren’t cutting it, particularly in red states and middle America.