Well, why were the 2018 elections the biggest story of the year? It's because for two years Democrats saw themselves basically run roughshod over by Trump and the Republican party. Judges, legislation->> It's always a lot of fun when you win.>> There didn't seem to be a way out, frankly.
They couldn't see the future. It felt like the country had tilted in a direction that they didn't understand. And so what these midterms basically showed was, sure, we're as divided as we've ever been. But there are pockets of voters that they can get who will resist Trump and that who are receptive to their message.
And this is a movement that's largely been powered by women, and you know, we saw the crowds that Beto O'Rourke drew in Texas. O'Rourke didn't win, but for me, you know, the thing that crystalized it the most was this very small campaign event in rural Virginia. In the middle of nowhere, there's this dojo.
It's a dojo. I don't know why it's there but I walked in. I had to take my shoes off and the candidate who was speaking was named Abigail Spanberger. She was the Democrat, was trying to unseat this incumbent Republican Dave Brat. There were maybe only 20 people there all sitting
this dojo, listening to her speak.
She was standing on the mat without shoes either, talking about healthcare and the economy, not Donald Trump. The most interesting thing is that I talked to quite a few women in the crowd afterward and several of them had told me that, well, they really hadn't voted in a long time.
And they had come out because they were angry about Donald Trump and they said, this time I'm voting. And that basically showed me that Democratic enthusiasm was everywhere. It wasn't just in these crowds in Texas. It was in the small little Japanese dojo in the middle of rural Virginia where there's 20 people out on a Wednesday night.
And it's like, okay. If these people are coming out in opposition of Donald Trump, then we're gonna see something big. And what's that going to mean for U.S politics going forward? It could be incredibly significant in terms of the next presidential election in 2020. And it's the number one thing that the republicans are worried about right now.
How do they get women back, and how do they keep the ones that they have?