Sil­ver Lin­ings for Trump

The Signal - - Opinion -

Democrats won the House and should be con­grat­u­lated. Con­ser­va­tives will not hold ri­ots, marches, or in­ves­ti­ga­tions in re­sponse. We can ap­pre­ci­ate the ben­e­fits of di­vided gov­ern­ment such as the Rea­gan and Clin­ton ad­min­is­tra­tions. But there were many sil­ver lin­ings for Trump in this de­feat.

Trump far out­per­formed Obama’s first midterm elec­tion where he lost over 60 seats in the House, de­spite be­ing cod­dled by the me­dia and hav­ing Nancy Pelosi fully en­gaged. Trump had over 40 House Repub­li­cans step­ping down, his speaker com­pletely dis­en­gaged, a band of bil­lion­aires against him, and two years of sav­age me­dia cov­er­age. Trump should have lost 100 seats but it was about half of what Obama did.

Obama lost six Se­nate seats in 2010 while Trump added Se­nate seats where he will get all his ma­jor ap­point­ments ap­proved and could lead to a 6-3 con­ser­va­tive ma­jor­ity on the Supreme Court.

Trump ran the ta­ble on the most prized gover­nor seats in Ohio, Florida and Ge­or­gia that he needed for a 2020 run. Trump and Obama fought hard for th­ese prizes. Obama went 0-3. In fact, all the Demo­cratic ris­ing stars lost.

Trump can now get a real at­tor­ney gen­eral to re­place Jeff Ses­sions to help clean up the cor­rup­tion in Wash­ing­ton and reign in the end­less calls for in­ves­ti­ga­tions by the Democrats.

If Democrats choose to work with Trump he can demon­strate his abil­ity to reach across the aisle. Trump wins. If Democrats choose to in­ves­ti­gate rather than leg­is­late, Trump wins.

Democrats have lost the ar­gu­ment that they have no power to stop Trump. They now must take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their de­ci­sions and Trump will work that to his ad­van­tage just as Clin­ton and Obama did when they were re-elected.

So much for the vaunted Blue Wave.

Gil Mertz Thou­sand Oaks

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