After news that Massachusetts and Maryland had both elected Republican governors, liberal MSNBC analyst Eugene Robinson dubbed the 2014 midterms “shellacking, the sequel.”
The Washington Post columnist made the comments to MSNBC election night hosts Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews.
Eugene Robinson: This whole evening really is “shellacking the sequel.” I said earlier on NBC when before all these numbers came in that I wasn’t sure it was a wave. No, this is a wave. You lose the Maryland governor’s race, you lose in states where you shouldn’t be losing. So it’s more than just I think the referendum that Republicans wanted on President Obama or on the way you feel about things right now because the Democratic Party comes out of this looking tired and almost exhausted. And I think it’s a real mistake for Democrats to assume that in 2016 they can so easily recreate the coalition that President Obama created in 2008 and 2012, and energize and fire up minorities and women and younger voters in that very special way. They might not be able to do that.