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Prior to the dropping of the atom bombs on Japan, one of the scientists working on the project met with FDR and asked that the weapon not be used. He said that he had federal agents following him around lest he divilge the tinests little secret about the bomb. However, the bigget atomic bomb secret was that "It could be Done." The Germans abandoned their program after Werner heisenberg said that it wouldn't work.

Similarly, a worker at the Tokyo Telecommunications Company, later called Sony, developed a tape recorder based on a description of a device the Germans were using to record interrogations. His only description was that it worked.

So the democrats got done the bare minimum of what they needed to get done, winning back the house. They also came close in a number of races that would have been out of the realm of possibilities a few years ago: senate seats in Texas and Arizona, governorship in GA, and they actually won a bunch of House seats including one that was considered safe for republicans in Oklahoma.

So what did we learn: Charismatic candidates do better than "I deserve it," focus on getting out your own voters rather than seeing how indistinguishable you can make yourself from the republicans, engage the grwoing Hispanic minority.

What is up for 2020: Republicans will be defending 5 governorships vs 3 for democrats and at least 21 senate seats vs 10 for the democrats. Also 2020 will be a census year with a redistricted House starting in 2022. Also between now and then there will be more indictments and fallout from the Muller investigation and a congress that is actively investigatin the corruption of the current administration. 2018 was a bit of a wash, but it marks an end to the republican advance in control of the government and given the demographics maybe and end to the republican party in its current form. Imagine the presidential campaign in 2020 where the republican has to actually compete for states like Texas and Georgia.

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