But these advantages will be short-lived. The problem for Republicans here is that most small, rural red states (with a few exceptions) are getting bluer with each passing cycle–especially those with growing Latino populations. Gerrymandering in the House can only take them so far: assembling a majority of slim majority districts has catastrophic effects when demographic shifts push the rising tide over the entire sea wall. Once enough blue states sign onto the National Popular Vote compact, the electoral college will cease to be a barricade against democracy.
If doing the right thing and channeling the anger and resistance of young people, women, the educated and people of color costs Democratic Senate seats in North Dakota or Missouri, that is unfortunate. But it’s a small price to pay over time for securing the House with its fearful investigative power over Trump, and even more importantly the loyalty of the people who constitute America’s majoritarian future.
If they continue to be bold and determined, Democrats will likely take unitary control of the White House and the Congress back in 2020. And if they remain firm in their commitment to structural reforms to ensure the continuation of majoritarian power, then it will be very difficult for Republicans to recover from their position they have placed themselves in, leveraging the hate and prejudice of a shrinking population for evanescent gains.