In its first chance to prove its electoral pop at the polls, the Resistance has come up short in Kansas' 4th Congressional District. Ron Estes, the state treasurer, beat civil rights lawyer James Thompson by seven points, 53% to 46%, in a special election to replace CIA chief Mike Pompeo.
Dems are celebrating the 24-point shift in a district that Trump won by 27 points, but a loss is a loss. And golden boy Jon Ossoff should be able to read the handwriting on the wall. #Resistance does not spell realignment. Just because the prestige press shows an interest in grassroots activism doesn't mean that historically red districts will suddenly be painted blue.
The Resistance needs a scalp badly, and it's not clear when, or even, if they will get it.