Were GOP's House losses dramatically smaller than historical pattern?

Cornelia Mascio
Novembre 9, 2018

And by combining this policy agenda with rigorous oversight of Trump and his administration by progressive Democrats like incoming Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Nadler of NY and incoming Oversight and Government Reform Committee chair Elijah Cummings of Maryland-both of whom are prepared to navigate an accountability moment that could see Robert Mueller's inquiry open up a serious debate about impeachment-Democrats can outmaneuver Trump and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell. Keep in mind, also, that on October 22, Trump said 82 untrue things in a single day, per CNN, boosting his total number of partial or entirely false claims since becoming president to 6,420. And it is more than sufficient to reassert the system of checks and balances, to hold a president to account, and to frame the debate going forward.

Also, four Democrats who are military veterans won House seats.

He suggested they could co-operate on issues such as infrastructure, trade and health.

"In a few months, what I would hope to see is legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and get that legislation to the Senate", Sanders said, issuing a challenge to his Republican colleagues: "And let the Senate vote against that if they want". In addition, Lamb has resisted endorsing House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for speaker of the House.

That may make the loss of at least 31 seats in 2018 seem pretty average - though even there it would be wrong to say, as Trump did, that 2018 represented a dramatic overperformance.

Democrats will now control lower chamber panels that can investigate Mr Trump's business affairs, including tax returns, while thwarting his legislative agenda.

He took credit for Republicans having "defied history" by consolidating their grip on the Senate.

In recent midterm elections when presidents faced a backlash from voters, the president accepted their brushback. First, they have to figure out how to get it back to purple in a state where President Donald Trump is a force for Republicans. "I'm not sure that I should be happy or sad but I feel just fine about it".

Robert Mueller and his team have gone silent in the weeks ahead of the midterm election, which handed subpoena power to House Democrats - who are ready to protect the investigation from the president's interference, reported Politico.

But Mr Trump could arguably benefit from open war with the House.

Following the press conference, he announced in a tweet he had fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

And after two years of the chaos and confusion that is the Trump administration, voters were also motivated to bring back sanity and decency to United States politics. That message resonated with voters, who elected 9 out of 11 candidates Trump campaigned for, according to his own tally.

More broadly, the midterm result will preclude what Democrats need most: a period of introspection and a realization that they must moderate if voters are ever to trust them with broader power. Considering this statement ignores how the Republican Party acted when President Barack Obama was in office (remember the fifty-plus attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act or how they stole a Supreme Court seat by not confirming Merrick Garland?) it should be taken with a grain of salt.

Trump demonstrated once again Tuesday night that when it comes to serving up red meat to the red states, he is an unparalleled talent who knows how to counterpunch. She's a formidable fund-raiser and delivered the electoral victory Democrats needed, they point out.

With winners called in all but one statewide race, Republicans were on pace to gain three seats in the Senate and defended their lead in governorships by a two-seat margin. Then he asked the reporter to change the subject.

For instance, in Democrat Elissa Slotkin's successful race to unseat U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, in Michigan's 8th Congressional District: "I'm guessing that Slotkin wins on the strength of suburban areas" in Ingham and Oakland counties, Weinfeld said.

Democrats held on to vulnerable seats in Montana, New Jersey and West Virginia and ousted a Republican incumbent in Nevada, but it was cold comfort.

Fallout on the Republican side of the aisle is just as complicated, with Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California facing a challenge from conservative Rep. Jim Jordan of OH for the top spot in their shrunken ranks.

More on the mid-terms: Who are the new faces in Congress? He says the role women played in this election lived up to expectations.

Supporters of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrate her midterm victory.

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