Dis­ap­point­ment for ev­ery­one But all in all, the Repub­li­cans dodged the bul­let

The Washington Times Weekly - - Editorials -

So much to be out­raged about, so lit­tle time. The elec­tion re­sults, The New York Times said with more than a lit­tle un­der­state­ment, “it wasn’t nec­es­sar­ily the night of ei­ther party’s dreams.” The Democrats got the House, though the blue wave that was sup­posed to wipe out Repub­li­cans for a gen­er­a­tion was nowhere to be seen.

The Repub­li­cans kept the Se­nate, but win­ning fewer re­in­force­ments than ex­pected. Ci­vil­ity, which was the gar­lic ev­ery­one imag­ined would force im­prove­ment in tone and pol­ish to the con­ver­sa­tion, evap­o­rated be­fore the vote-count­ing was fin­ished. Gar­lic might ward off Count Drac­ula but it’s never ef­fec­tive with pol­i­tics, and Democrats seem de­ter­mined to weave a noose of im­peach­ment for the pres­i­dent.

The elec­tion re­turns yielded the usual rich fare of sur­prises and sen­sa­tions. There was a wipe­out celebrity and show-biz can­di­dates. Beto O’Rourke lost to Ted Cruz in Texas, and now can leap from de­feat there to a run for the White House two years hence. He dropped sev­eral f-bombs in his con­ces­sion speech, demon­strat­ing that he’s re­ally hip and can speak the lan­guage of the hip. Florida vot­ers re­stored vot­ing rights to felons, which is ex­pected to add more Democrats to the voter rolls. A dead whore­house owner was elected post-mortem to the state leg­is­la­ture in Ne­vada, an In­dian les­bian was elected to the House from New Mex­ico, and Colorado elected the first male gay gover­nor.

The Democrats are en­ti­tled to be the most dis­ap­pointed, since the poll­sters have been telling ev­ery­one for weeks, even months, that the ap­proach­ing blue wave would san­i­tize ev­ery­thing and leave Repub­li­cans beached, like whales. The Repub­li­cans were told to run for higher ground, if they could find any. The Se­nate they kept would only be the fire­wall be­tween the new House and the in­san­ity promised by cer­tain Democrats.

The gift of sweet­est re­venge went to Brett Ka­vanaugh, who watched three sen­a­tors who drank the Kool-Aid served up by the likes of Claire McCaskill, Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Don­nelly take a thrash­ing from their con­stituents and ex­iled to the is­land of lost sen­a­tors (with all their lug­gage). The new jus­tice on the U.S. Supreme Court is en­ti­tled, hav­ing watched Dianne Fe­in­stein and Chuck Schumer do their worst to de­stroy his rep­u­ta­tion and his fam­ily with made-up “ev­i­dence” they knew was made up. Nev­er­the­less, as The Wall Street Jour­nal ob­served, “the bruis­ing and suc­cess­ful bat­tle to seat Brett Ka­vanaugh on the Supreme Court helped the GOP ex­pand its Se­nate ma­jor­ity, which in turn al­lows the seat­ing of more ju­rists like him.”

Some Democrats would clearly re­sort to re­peal­ing ev­ery­thing Mr. Trump did, if they could, just to spite the pres­i­dent whom they loathe with a fierce and un­yield­ing ha­tred (hate now, ci­vil­ity af­ter the last rites), but it’s dif­fi­cult to imag­ine any­one, even an un­hinged Demo­crat, want­ing to sack the econ­omy just to sour the cream in Mr. Trump’s cof­fee, with all the con­se­quences that would in­vite from vot­ers Demo­crat and Repub­li­can alike.

For his part, the pres­i­dent says he can work with Democrats. He has said be­fore that he can be pres­i­den­tial, and some­times he can be, with as much elo­quence as al­most any of the pres­i­dents be­fore him. No doubt he can. He has a gift for pick­ing his fights with ex­quis­ite tim­ing, some­thing new for ev­ery news cy­cle.

Fir­ing Jeff Ses­sions on the morn­ing af­ter di­verts the at­ten­tion of any­one bit­terly dis­ap­pointed by the elec­tion re­sults. Mr. Ses­sions can re­turn to Alabama for muchde­served re­lief from duty at the Jus­tice Depart­ment, and a new at­tor­ney gen­eral can deal with the pres­i­dent just as fool­ish Democrats prom­ise to make good on their cam­paign vow to im­peach the pres­i­dent.

This will give the pres­i­dent, who rel­ishes a good street fight, new tar­gets for his ire, which can be con­sid­er­able. Those, like Barack Obama, who said the sur­vival of the repub­lic might be at stake in this elec­tion, can take heart. Obliv­ion can wait. There’s al­ways next year.

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