Republican Senate gains empower Trump
MEDIA exuberance at the Democrats’ performance in the US mid-term elections (The Mercury, November 8) does not quite measure up to what actually occurred, in that while the Democrats made gains in the House of Representatives, they lost ground in the Senate.
First, there was no Democrat “blue wave”. Obama, the Clintons, Oprah and Joe Biden failed to ignite and energise Democrats in the way Trump did with rallies of tens of thousands of Republicans.
Second, the Democrats’ takeover in the House of Representatives with 32 new seats was a modest Republican loss compared with the 60 seats Obama lost in his first mid-term and the 54 Clinton lost in 1996. Added to that, 40 Republican
congressmen retired, so their seats were contested by new faces.
Third, the fact that the Republicans consolidated their grip on the Senate is an historic outcome for a mid-term election. With a runoff election due in Mississippi on November 27, which the Republican Party stands to win, it should have 54 seats in the Senate.
With the Republicans in the Senate solidly in support, Trump will be able to continue his foreign policy initiatives and any further Supreme Court appointments without hindrance. But for the House Democrats to accomplish anything, they will need to work with President Trump.
DUNCAN DU BOIS | Bluff