In parsing a disappointing political outcome, it’s tempting to seek out a redemptive conclusion or a silver lining. If neither is readily available, there may at least be valuable strategic lessons to be extracted for future fights. When it comes to last night’s special election in Ohio’s 11th congressional district, however, it’s difficult to see what might be drawn beyond the boringly bleak insight that organized money continues to dominate American politics — and is often terrifyingly capable of swatting down challenges to the status quo.

Coming from behind in a race that initially seemed like Nina Turner’s to lose, establishment favorite Shontel Brown last night secured a…

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