Big decisions for Democrats ahead of 2020 election
The U.S. midterm election results this past week are important for all Canadians as the results shift the balance of power in Washington — our largest trading partner and the most influential of our allies.
The results also most importantly set the stage foe the Democrats’ pick as their presidential nominee to run against President Donald Trump in 2020 — which will ultimately impact and decide if the world will have to deal with four more years of a Trump presidency.
Many predicted a blue wave of Democrat wins and a repudiation of Trump and the Republican Party that enables him.
Democrats definitely won the day but it was not the complete Tsunami of blue wins the left had hoped to see.
There were inroads for progressive minority candidates.
Trump was politically wounded — but it was a glancing blow rather than a total knockout punch.
Democrats focused on the ballot issue of health care and being eligible for health care even if you have pre-existing conditions.
Republicans focused on the ballot issues of immigration and fear.
Voters decided on these issues and the Democrats took control of the House while Republicans kept control of the Senate.
What this means is confusing to many Canadians.
The U.S. Congress is the legislature of the U.S. government. Congress is split into two chambers — the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Each U.S. state is represented in the House in proportion to its population while the Senate has two representatives from each state regardless of population size.
What is important and impacts Trump is that the U.S. Constitution authorizes the House of Representatives to impeach federal officials for treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanours. The Senate would then try such impeachment.
Depending on the events and outcomes of the ongoing investigations into Trump and his inner circle, the Democrats now have the power and votes to start the impeachment process. They don’t have the power or votes to get a conviction.
This could lead to stalemates and other various indecisions in Washington.
Last week’s results are also the start of a big debate for Democrats about who to pick to try to beat Trump.
Do they need to pick another old, white male to defeat Trump or can they win the presidency with a minority candidate that would excite a younger generation and speak to change.
Remember, Trump lost the popular vote by the greatest margin in history of any U.S. president.
With the U.S. Electoral College system, Democrats don’t need the most votes to win — they need Trump voters to switch their votes in 2020 and need to select the candidate best suited to accomplish that.
With the past week’s results, there will be a push within the Democratic Party to select someone like “Uncle” Joe Biden, former vice-president to President Barack Obama and a Senator from Delaware. He will be seen as a safe and conservative option for a Democratic ticket.
At the same time, some people in the Democratic Party will believe the results from last week speak to the need for a fresh new face to run for president and excite a new generation of voters.
Outgoing Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is one to watch as he will try to rally the more progressive side of the Democratic Party to back his candidacy and attack Trump from the left wing of the political spectrum.
The U.S. people gave the Democrats the power to start the impeachment of Trump but they did not give the Democrats a decisive win to get rid of Trump.
This will start an epic battle within the Democratic Party as one of their own seeks to seize power and defeat Trump in 2020.