South of the border, no end to wild ride
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.