It’s rare to repeat things in this space. But occasionally, a quotation or a line resonates in a special way. Such a sentence quintessentially distills the essence of a political episode or circumstance in Washington. That’s the case with this line from horror master Stephen King in the short story?The Drawing of the Three. And it deserves an encore.
For decades, Orange County was seen as a reliable Republican stronghold in a state that has otherwise drifted more and more toward to the Democratic Party. But that all changed in November 2018, when Republicans lost four long-held congressional seats in the affluent, suburban county south of Los Angeles – part of the seven seats the party lost overall in California during the drubbing it took in the last midterm election – and the GOP’s defeat in districts it once took for granted had party leaders in the state doing a lot of soul searching.