A check on Trump, not a slap-down

Taranaki Daily News - - Opinion -

The 2018 elec­tion was more a mod­est re­buke of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump than a mas­sive re­pu­di­a­tion. Trump’s Repub­li­cans held on to the Se­nate and over­per­formed ex­pec­ta­tions in sev­eral Se­nate and gover­nor races, giv­ing the GOP some­thing to crow about. But Democrats took con­trol of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, which will bring big – and much needed – change in Wash­ing­ton. By putting Democrats in charge of one cham­ber of Congress, vot­ers ex­pressed their de­sire to place some re­straints on a vit­riol-spew­ing pres­i­dent.

If dis­gust with Trump’s be­hav­iour was not enough to turn many vot­ers off, his at­tacks on health in­sur­ance cer­tainly were. An elec­tion-day sur­vey by The As­so­ci­ated Press showed health­care to be the most im­por­tant is­sue on the mind of vot­ers. The switch in con­trol of the House means that ef­forts to re­peal the Af­ford­able Care Act are dead, as are a new round of tax cuts. The new House ma­jor­ity also means that the many con­flicts of in­ter­est in the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion will get the con­gres­sional in­ves­ti­ga­tions that they de­serve, and that the cause of law en­force­ment will get an ally on at least one side of Capi­tol Hill.

The mes­sage that emerged was that many vot­ers are not happy with the way things have been go­ing in the past two years. But the na­tion, and the Congress, re­main as bit­terly di­vided as ever, if not more so.

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