Why the midterm results could actually be good news for Trump

12 November, 2018, 03:05 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • REUTERS  Evan Semon               Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis speaks at his midterm election night party in Denver last night

Japanese officials say their alliance with the United States remains unshakable regardless of US election results.

The president was entitled to a partial victory lap.

Although few politicians said so openly, Europe hoped U.S. voters would deliver a clear rebuke to Republicans in the midterms, forcing a change. In most cases, that is not a strictly fair conclusion - just witness Brazil, where the far-right candidate won because the far more popular lefty candidate was locked up in jail - but at the same time, if a country is even nominally democratic, the actions, rhetoric, and beliefs of the government do bear on how the public votes to some degree. Democrats say their House majority will end the ability of Republican lawmakers to protect him from scrutiny. Ted Cruz in Texas. The idea seemed to haunt Mr. Trump during the campaign, as he warned rally crowds that a Republican defeat could lead to an attempted impeachment.

One area where Democrats could rein in Trump is on Saudi Arabia, whose killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month has fueled a backlash in Congress and threats to block arms sales.

So for those who concentrate on the flashy stars and the largest states, Trump could boast of his breakthroughs.

In states without super competitive races, Trump's approval tends to be either much higher or much lower. In fact, the only vote that was held throughout the country was for the House of Representatives and all its 435 seats.

Tuesday night, the Democrats gained about 30 seats in the House but lost seats in the Senate.

But the olive branch he extended was studded with thorns as he declared that he would retaliate if Democrats use their control of the House to issue subpoenas to seek his tax returns and investigate his business dealings, his Cabinet's conduct and his campaign's ties to Russian Federation, as expected.

The Democrats' push back signals a tougher time ahead for his agendas.

The first is to view the Democratic retaking of the House as an opportunity for Israel to reach out again to Democrats and liberal Jews who overwhelmingly supported them after years of the Jewish state perceived as enthusiastically praising Trump.

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The Republicans are on course to increase their representation from 51 to 54 in the 100-seat Senate upper chamber. Bill Nelson, who also appears to have fallen short to his Republican challenger, Gov. Rick Scott.

Waters said the Republican-controlled Congress had neglected its oversight responsibilities "enabling corruption and destructive policies to run rampant" in the Trump administration. And sure enough, at least three of those 10 fell to Trump's party on Tuesday.

"The only two paths to that office are regular succession, and advice (and) consent", said a source close to the Senate Judiciary Committee. And the Senate has never voted to remove a president. It also will give him a chance to explain how he will work with Democrats.

Democrats specifically hammered Republicans on the issue of healthcare protections for people with preexisting medical conditions, which the GOP has consistently worked to erode. The Republicans captured the statehouse in Alaska, where it had been held by an Independent.

In Georgia, Abrams, 44, was locked in a tight battle with Republican Brian Kemp, the state's secretary of state.

But they lost their majority in the House, a setback for Trump after a campaign that became a referendum on his leadership.

It is important to remember in all this that these contests were not conducted simply to fill a scorecard, but to fill some of the most important offices in our democratic system of government.

"What this election doesn't change is that without the USA, we will not be able to solve problems in an ever more complicated world". Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, for example was defeated although he had embraced Trump, with both highlighting their desire to get more of the president's judicial nominees confirmed, a top priority for many social conservatives.

Other House committees could investigate any future scandal that comes out of the Trump White House.

The president wants full funding of his wall on the Mexican border and threatens to withhold his signature on other appropriations until he gets it.


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