If You Think The Midterms Were A Rebuke Of Trump, Think Again
Democrats have taken control of the House and many are already vowing to take down President Trump.
Some have even mentioned an impeachment attempt. So with headlines like these, and the way Trump is covered by the liberal Australian media, you may be wondering if he is on his way out the door at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. After all, he himself did say this election was about him. He specifically said it was a referendum on his presidency.
So some of you may be questioning how he could refer to losing the House as a “tremendous success.”
Well, let me explain. This power decline is a normal phenomenon for presidents in their first midterm elections in office.
If you’ll remember in the 2010 midterms, Democrats took a beating. President Obama even publicly called it, "a shellacking." Obama went on to serve the highest office in the world for another six years. So if you think this is a rebuke on Trump that has him ready to pack his bags, you are likely mistaken. Republicans may have lost control over the House but they actually gained greater control in the Senate.
As an American, and former host of Fox and Friends, I am constantly asked about US politics. You can probably imagine the big questions I have been getting. ‘What do you think will happen?’ And today has been, ‘Why do you think the results unfolded the way they did?’
I think Republicans lost some of the seats in the House because many Democrats (who are happy with their current healthcare plans) are concerned Republicans will put forth a new plan that won’t protect their preexisting conditions. This is a very emotional issue.
Another reason I think Republicans lost House seats is because President Trump is losing so badly with educated, suburban women. Many find Trump to be a venomous bully. That may sound like a very specific problem. But the problem is very real and will need to be sorted come the 2020 general election if Republicans want to win that voting bloc.
On the flip side, I think the number one reason Republicans were able to maintain and even gain power in the Senate is because the economy is chugging along nicely. In many cases, we vote with our wallets. If life is going pretty good, we ride the wave. If we are struggling, we want someone to blame.
House Speaker Paul Ryan encouraged President Trump to campaign on the economic growth that’s been flourishing on Republicans’ watch. As far as being on or off that message. Trump did talk a good bit about the economy while he was working his butt off, campaigning across the country. But being the great showman that he is, President Trump spent a lot of time being animated about the serious immigration problem in the US. This is a topic that really gets his base fired up, especially in border states.
Former House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi says this midterm election is restoring the checks and balances of the US government over the Trump administration.
She is right in that Republicans will no longer have power over the House, Senate, and Presidency, but this check on power will also mean more gridlock in Washington. How will anything get done?
The legislative branch of government is meant to legislate, make the bills which become laws. But you will likely see more obstruction than legislation. And more investigating than legislating.
What do I mean by that? Democrats will have the sought after power of issuing subpoenas and the ability to launch investigations. President Trump’s long withheld tax returns, business interests, dealings with Russia, and questionable payments to adult film star, Stormy Daniels, will be among the issues Democrats are already promising to put under the microscope in an effort to take down Trump.
These congressional investigations can be a real thorn in the side for politicians under scrutiny. Remember what happened when the Republicans were investigating Hillary Clinton’s handling of the Benghazi attacks? That’s how they found out she improperly used a private email server during her time as Secretary of State. This may have played a role in the outcome of the 2016 election.
Even if nothing significant gets uncovered, the process of all the hearings would be exhausting for everyone involved, and take time away from solving real problems Americans are concerned about; like fixing healthcare, solving our immigration problem, or paying down the national debt.
As a proud American, I sincerely hope the deep party divisions and expected gridlock in Washington find a way to work themselves out. But to be honest, it’s hard to be optimistic in this current political climate.