South of the bor­der, no end to wild ride

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - OPINION -

Both Democrats and Repub­li­cans are claim­ing vic­tory in the wake of Tuesday’s U.S. mid-term elec­tions. De­pend­ing on how you look at it, both are right.

While U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump no longer pre­sides over a party that con­trols both the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and the Se­nate, it was a feat to hold the pres­i­dency and both houses in the first place.

And it was a feat that they only took a mi­nor drub­bing in the House, where the Democrats hold the bal­ance of power by only sev­eral seats.

Mean­while, the GOP main­tains their hold on the Se­nate.

For­mer pres­i­dent Barack Obama suf­fered a much worse loss dur­ing his first midterms in 2010. Trump, in fact, de­spite the hys­te­ria sur­round­ing his pres­i­dency and pre­dic­tions of a “blue wave,” is rea­son­ably well po­si­tioned for his pres­i­den­tial re-elec­tion in two years.

That said, a loss is still a loss. The Repub­li­cans had the House and now they don’t. Democrats feel em­bold­ened.

The ques­tion go­ing for­ward is how ev­ery­one will con­duct them­selves with this re­align­ment of power.

Are Democrats go­ing to fo­cus on is­sues that mat­ter to all Amer­i­cans or ramp up their per­sonal and ide­o­log­i­cal war against Trump, and fo­cus on fu­tile at­tempts at im­peach­ment at all costs?

Un­der Trump, the Amer­i­can econ­omy is boom­ing thanks to cuts in taxes, red tape and the grow­ing global econ­omy. There are land­mines for Repub­li­cans go­ing for­ward, in­clud­ing health care and the pres­i­dent’s bom­bas­tic style.

How­ever, the big­gest threat to Amer­i­can pros­per­ity, which is tied to ours, may be on­go­ing toxic, di­vi­sive pol­i­tics.

“If the Democrats think they are go­ing to waste tax­payer money in­ves­ti­gat­ing us at the House level, then we will like­wise be forced to con­sider in­ves­ti­gat­ing them for all of the leaks of clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion, and much else, at the Se­nate level,” Trump tweeted af­ter the vote. “Two can play that game!”

Tuesday’s re­sults clearly showed Demo­cratic muck rak­ing didn’t se­ri­ously un­der­mine Trump or the Repub­li­cans.

There’s ev­ery in­di­ca­tion this path will fur­ther turn peo­ple away from the Democrats, as it did Tuesday.

What hap­pens next re­mains a ques­tion mark but one thing is cer­tain: The midterms did not bring the Amer­i­can po­lit­i­cal roller-coaster to a stop. It’s just geared up for an­other ride.

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