Sorry, gerrymandering does not explain how the House Democrats lost 8 seats when the top of the ticket won by 10 points.
Add up all the excuses you think are valid and it still doesn’t get you to an 8-seat loss.
Time to give Mike Sturla a try as the chief cat herder.
The man is a good communicator (and blogger!), a good policy thinker, and he understands the thing it took the Dermocrats way way too long to figure out in the Corbett era – that the out-of-power party’s primary role is a messaging shop whose main task is making legislative Republicans look bad and create strong contrasts perceptible to voters.
By definition, an 8-seat loss under these conditions means they failed to do that. Sending the same incompetent practitioners back in to do an even harder job would be totally nuts.