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Sen. Mitch McConnell credits President Trump with GOP maintaining Senate majority

09 November 2018, 03:40 | Devin Moran

Sen. Mitch McConnell credits President Trump with GOP maintaining Senate majority

Sen. Mitch McConnell credits President Trump with GOP maintaining Senate majority

With midterms over, the attention of election forecasters now turns directly to 2020, when President Trump will presumably run for reelection against a Democrat who will not be selected for about a year-and-a-half.

But is this similar to the "shellacking" that Democrats got during the Obama administration's first midterms vote in 2010? No.

Despite the setback in the House, President Trump issued a self-congratulatory tweet Wednesday morning. Unlike previous presidents, Trump has refused to make public, Trump repeated prior explanations that they were under audit and that his lawyers have told him not to but said he would "certainly have an open mind" about releasing them when the IRS audit ends.

But there is a "silver lining" in all of this. Trump can now afford to lose at least four Republican senators when he wants to pass a new trade deal or confirm a new attorney-general.

Early voting alone eclipsed the total number of votes in some states during the 2014 midterm. Democrats don't let Republicans choose their leaders.

Trump drives voters to the polls, but that cuts both ways.

Numerous candidates for whom Trump campaigned did indeed win on Wednesday (as of PJ Media's count, 49 of the Republicans he endorsed won, 30 of them lost, but his entire slate in Florida won). He lashed out at questions about his fear-mongering and race-baiting rhetoric against immigrants, and demanded a reporter inquiring about voter suppression take her seat.

As President Trump continues to accelerate his lawlessness, the new Democratic House majority must initiate impeachment proceedings against him as soon as it takes office in January.

It gets much tougher from there, with Republicans defending much redder states, like Montana, Georgia, Texas, Tennessee, West Virginia and McConnell's own Kentucky.




There was a fair amount of overlap in 2016 between Mr Trump's and Bernie Sanders' supporters - Mr Trump can rest assured that the progressive left did not appear to be very energised by Tuesday's results.

The results came nearly two years after women marched in Washington and cities across the country to oppose the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Those seats were previously held by Republicans or an Independent.

New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo - sometimes spoken of as a 2020 presidential contender - cruised to a third term.

He had some kind words for Pelosi, who with her party capturing the majority of seats Tuesday stands to become the next Speaker of the House. And which theme won out?

A bad midterm does not correlate to a bad chance at re-electing the president. That strategy did not work in the House of Representatives this year, but it might do better if Pelosi is re-elected speaker. Democrat victories saw Colorado's Jared Polis became the first openly gay man to be elected governor, while Michigan's Rashida Tlaib and Minnesota's Ilhan Omar became the first Muslim women to gain seats in Congress.

"The following two years, with a Democratic president and a Republican house, proved to be two of the most profitable years of Clinton's presidency". A Senate majority would have allowed Democrats to apply even firmer brakes on Trump's policy agenda and given them the ability to block any future Supreme Court nominees. While such gridlock will certainly preclude any meaningful legislative action on true healthcare reform, or in shoring up the border, it also means that the Democrats can not get much done with their agenda, either.

"Every Coloradan, whether you are a Democrat, Independent or Republican, has reason to celebrate", state Sen.

Mitch McConnell, Senate majority leader, says Democratic efforts to hold Trump to account could backfire on them.



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