Dems must be worried about taking the House
When what passes for a deep thinker among the Democrats starts making excuses for why they could fail to take a majority in the House, the odds are that they realize that the polls predicting their 85% certain success are fake news. Oh, they would never admit it, and they would shun that label in particular, since President Trump has made it his own, but at some level, they all know that the 90%-plus media support they enjoy is unhealthy and that the public knows it. That's why people won't answer phone calls from pollsters, or deliberately mislead them. They see the polls as weapons, not honest measuring devices.
Unfortunately, they have been steadily attacking the rule book (the Constitution's procedures for picking our federal elective offices) ever since they lost the 2016 election. The Electoral College, whose former "blue wall" of surefire Democrat voting states, was supposed to give Democrats a lock on the presidency, was just fine with the Dems for years – until Donald Trump proved that the neglected blue-collar component of their coalition could swing blue states red. After Hillary lost, the cry went out that because she won the popular vote, something was wrong with the Electoral College.
And now Ezra Klein, who functions as a leading light for the Dems ("you go to war with the army you have"), has proposed a ridiculous standard for judging the legitimacy of any House majority that lands in the hands of the GOP and is proactively ginning up a "crisis" if his side loses:
I don't think people are ready for the crisis that will follow if Democrats win the House popular vote but not the majority.— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) November 5, 2018
After Kavanaugh, Trump, Garland, Citizens United, Bush v. Gore, etc, the party is on the edge of losing faith in the system (and reasonably so).
Twitchy has collected some real gems that responded to this absurd suggestion:
House popular vote is not a thing. It's just not. If Democrats are losing faith in the system it might be because they don't understand the system. https://t.co/MDcxBrsJVb— Karol Markowicz (@karol) November 5, 2018
Presidential popular vote isn't a thing either but at least in that case the "popular" vote is for those specific candidates. In this case, Democrats win landslides in some districts while Republicans win the contested races by only a little and this is somehow a problem?— Karol Markowicz (@karol) November 5, 2018
In the last 34 elections, the winner of the House "popular vote" (which isn't really a thing, but that's another issue for another day) has lost seats in 15 of those elections. It's an entirely common occurrence which is a feature, not a bug of our system. https://t.co/gCjDNvKV1d— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) November 5, 2018
Democrats better win or Democracy Died! https://t.co/4YxijpR5MB— NewsBusters (@newsbusters) November 5, 2018