Beware the Blue Wave
...Reliably red states continue to decrease in number. Earlier this year, Alabama voters elected the first Democrat to the U.S. Senate since 1992. Look farther, and you'll find Democrats winning congressional districts that haven't been blue in decades and were also districts that Trump won comfortably.

Some of the 2018 races to closely watch are in Florida, where Florida governor Republican Rick Scott is challenging the incumbent, Democrat U.S. senator Bill Nelson; Texas, where Ted Cruz, the incumbent Republican U.S. senator, is defending his seat against an insurgent and well funded challenger, Democrat U.S. representative Beto O'Rourke; and Tennessee, where Republican U.S. representative Marsha Blackburn is running against Democratic former governor Phil Bredesen for the seat to be vacated by Bob Corker, who is retiring.

With their Democrat big cities, Florida and Tennessee are purple states; each of Florida's four largest counties (Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Orange) has not only more registered Democrats than Republicans, but more registered independents than Republicans. As a Florida resident, I can also attest to the fact that the state is chock-full of NeverTrumps, as well as Marco Rubio and Jeb! Bush sycophants.

Even Texas is moving in the purple state direction. If only Texas's four largest cities (Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin) voted, the Lone Star State would be as blue as California and New York. Furthermore, Mitt Romney and President Trump both won Texas, in 2012 and 2016, respectively, but Romney received a higher percentage of votes cast than did President Trump. Sounds unbelievable, but it's true.

We can make excuses, or we can win elections – we just can't do both.

There is too much at stake to stay home on Election Day. In 2009, President Obama was fond of reminding the losing side that elections have consequences, which was his way of saying: I won, you lost, and I don't need to work with you – you need to work with me. And you know what? He was correct.

Now that the Democrats are on the losing side, they're out for blood, and they have two goals: to impeach and remove President Trump from office, and to conquer the country. Had Hillary Clinton won the 2016 presidential election, the Democrats would have never lost the presidency, Supreme Court, federal circuit courts, or federal courts of appeal ever again. Making matters worse is the constant opposition to the president from a handful of Tessio Republicans in the House and Senate, where the GOP majority is already razor-thin.

What turns a purple state red? Turnout, turnout, turnout. Showing up and turning out is all that ultimately matters in politics; yes, a formidable campaign operation, comprising effective and targeted messaging and staffers and volunteers who canvass door-to-door, belly button-to-belly button, is non-negotiable. All that counts in the end, however, is the final count. Moral victories are cute and make for feel-good film, but candidates are elected based on the result, not their effort.