On the evening of Tuesday, November 6, President Trump was at the White House watching on TV the midterm election returns with family and friends. At 11:15 PM (EST), race calls were still pouring in, but it was clear Republicans would loose control of the House to Democrats for the first time in eight years. The President’s first tweet was, ‘Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!’
Historically, the president’s party routinely loses House seats in midterm elections. In 2010, in his first midterm elections, Obama lost 6 Senate seats and 63 House seats. Trump not only has done better than expected but has performed far better than Obama. The success he referred to was the Republican party strengthened its grip on the Senate. In the last 105 years, only 5 times an incumbent President won seats in the Senate in the off year election.
Trump tied the elections outcome to his presidency in a more pronounced way than any other president. Since October, he held 26 rallies and proved himself an astonishing and tireless campaigner until his final raucous three-stop campaign push in Ohio, Indiana, and Missouri, where he shared the stage with the state’s candidates and, among the others, his daughter / adviser Ivanka. His all-out commitment eventually framed the elections as a referendum on his presidency, and it paid off greatly. Candidates who didn’t side with the President decided not to run for re-election. Those who run, overwhelmingly supported him. Two years into his presidency, Trump has succeeded to unite the Republican party behind him, and many GOP lawmakers owe him their political career.
The Republican majority in the Senate will continue to approve his conservative nominees in federal courts. This will ensure Trump’s mark on the federal judiciary and on American society as such courts shape decisions on immigration, voting rights, abortion, environment, and more. In addition, Republicans pulled off wins in gubernatorial races in Florida, Ohio, Iowa, and New Hampshire, key states for Trump’s reelection race in 2020.
Therefore, mission accomplished!
And given 2 years of negative media coverage, political problems, and complete worldwide outrage, Trump is the winner here, while the Democrats…
Well, the Democrats claimed some historic wins – sort of.
Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar became the first Muslim women elected to Congress.
Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids, who is also a lesbian, are the first Native American women elected to Congress.
Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest congresswoman ever at 29.
Jared Polis is the first openly gay governor in U.S. history.
Too bad in Vermont first transgender nominee for governor, Christine Hallquist has failed. And more’s yet to come down the line!
Fact is the MSM had openly endorsed an ‘inevitable Blue Wave’ to wash away Trump that hasn’t quite arrived.
Sure Democrats have gained control of the House. This means Trump’s domestic agenda will struggle to make its way into law, and chances are it may even stall utterly for the next two years.
The party with a majority in the chamber controls its committee chairmanships and has the power to issue subpoenas and launch probes to damage the President. Impeachment is very unlikely to get past a Republican Senate. Trump’s men in charge of the Justice Department will finally shut down the phony Russia-gate. But investigations into his previous tax affairs and the financing of his property companies will be given renewed focus. The President will spend most of his time fending off Democrat attacks and a grotesque media spectacle will take place any given chance.
The outcome of the most expensive midterm elections in American history is an house for each party, both having small majorities. Now, Democrats in the House will send legislation to the Senate, where it will be nixed by Republicans. A divided Congress inevitably leads to legislative gridlock, which may sound good somehow, if you take into account the possibility the brass there might take some infamous decisions. In any case, there’s little to indicate that there’ll be bipartisan cooperation on whatsoever issue. It couldn’t be otherwise since there’s really no Democratic platform on any substantial issue. Which policy to advance the interests of Americans are they about to legislate? Besides making history on Identity Politics, their sole priority is get rid of Trump no matter what. And they campaigned on it. But platitudes, smearing, and pointless accusations to the President, don’t make for a political program.
The average Joe has tangible concerns, such like affordable health-care, gas price, minimum wage, neighborhood security, mortgage payments, college tuition, and counting. Republicans, for whatever reason, didn’t fulfill their 2016 campaign promises, and that’s why they lost the House despite Trump’s no-holds-barred rallying. But the one and only good thing of Democrats winning the House is in the aftermath of the elections there are no street riots, blocked intersections, clashes with police, cars set on fire, and looted malls and businesses. It’s well known they have a problem conceding defeat. After all, on October 9, Hillary told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that “Civility can start again when Democrats take the House and/or the Senate.”
The average Joe was told this would be the most important election in his lifetime. Politicians, media pundits, talk-show hosts, celebrities, they all told him that he MUST get out and vote. Or he’ll never effect any change. In the run-up to the elections he was foisted off whatsoever issue that worked well for TV coverage – that’s to say exploitable at somebody’s advantage/disadvantage: politically-motivated mailing of toy bombs, random shooting sprees, caravans of Honduran invaders on the way, Justice Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual misconduct in his teens, Stormy Daniels going deep on the President’s toadstool penis.
Apart from the hollow slogans to thrill supporters, U.S. foreign policy was barely mentioned, let alone questioned. The average Joe almost never heard about such issues as:
Russia and China ready for war
U.S. withdraw from INF nuclear arms treaty
U.S. prolong conflict in Syria by saving terrorists
U.S. troops all over Africa
Billions of American taxpayers’ dollars flow to Israel
Genocide in Yemen with American made real bombs
U.S. sanctions on Iran in an attempt to wage a war there
U.S. sanctions on Venezuela
Wall Street cheering the election of right-wing Bolsonaro in Brazil
Global economy moving toward de-dollarization
Reps and Dems get along pretty well when it comes to foreign policy, and they agree it’s just fine that warmongers National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Pompeo would take good care of everything. So, why bother talking about it to the rabble? The same goes for big pharma, big banks, big oil. These elections were of such an absolute, incommensurable, supreme importance, that no real issue was discussed.
Fact is, U.S. elections have never been about policy, Joe.