Repub­li­can Se­nate gains em­power Trump

The Mercury - - OPINION -

ME­DIA ex­u­ber­ance at the Democrats’ per­for­mance in the US mid-term elec­tions (The Mer­cury, No­vem­ber 8) does not quite mea­sure up to what ac­tu­ally oc­curred, in that while the Democrats made gains in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, they lost ground in the Se­nate.

First, there was no Demo­crat “blue wave”. Obama, the Clin­tons, Oprah and Joe Bi­den failed to ig­nite and en­er­gise Democrats in the way Trump did with ral­lies of tens of thou­sands of Repub­li­cans.

Sec­ond, the Democrats’ takeover in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives with 32 new seats was a mod­est Repub­li­can loss com­pared with the 60 seats Obama lost in his first mid-term and the 54 Clin­ton lost in 1996. Added to that, 40 Repub­li­can con­gress­men re­tired, so their seats were con­tested by new faces.

Third, the fact that the Repub­li­cans con­sol­i­dated their grip on the Se­nate is an his­toric out­come for a mid-term elec­tion. With a runoff elec­tion due in Mis­sis­sippi on No­vem­ber 27, which the Repub­li­can Party stands to win, it should have 54 seats in the Se­nate.

With the Repub­li­cans in the Se­nate solidly in sup­port, Trump will be able to con­tinue his for­eign pol­icy ini­tia­tives and any fur­ther Supreme Court ap­point­ments with­out hin­drance. But for the House Democrats to ac­com­plish any­thing, they will need to work with Pres­i­dent Trump.


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