These midterm results are not what the Democrats wanted. Nor are they the red wave the Republicans predicted. Congress will be in a bind. Republicans control the House of Representatives, but not the Senate.

Gridlock was not what the political parties sought, but a nation increasingly riven by extremes will probably exhale a sigh of relief. Perhaps reaching out across the aisle to opponents to “get stuff done” will come back into fashion. Don’t hold your breath.