Trump shrugs at House loss as par­ties unite on pot­holes

Dayton Daily News - - IDEAS & VOICES - Gail Collins

Wow, Jeff Ses­sions was gone be­fore they fin­ished count­ing votes in Ari­zona.

Do you think Don­ald Trump was try­ing to change the sub­ject? Every­body knew he’d get a new at­tor­ney gen­eral af­ter the elec­tions, but we de­serve to find out who won in Florida be­fore we go back to 24/7 pres­i­den­tial pan­de­mo­nium.

Next year’s class of Demo­cratic fresh­men in the House is go­ing to be in­cred­i­ble, with a huge range of back­grounds, ages, races and in­ter­ests. Truly, I did not ex­pect to live to hear that a fourterm Repub­li­can con­gress­man from Kansas was de­feated by a gay Na­tive Amer­i­can woman who used to be a mixed mar­tial arts fighter.

Mean­while, Trump was cel­e­brat­ing the prob­a­ble de­feat of the only Repub­li­can African-Amer­i­can woman in the his­tory of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. (“Mia Love gave me no love and she lost!”)

The pres­i­dent’s main theme was that an elec­tion in which Democrats won con­trol of the House was ac­tu­ally “very close to com­plete vic­tory” for his team, thanks to his un­ceas­ing ef­forts to rally sup­port. This was dur­ing an 1½ hour-long press con­fer­ence.

Trump was in a benev­o­lent mood Wed­nes­day — so much so that he got through the whole press con­fer­ence with­out even once snip­ing about Hil­lary Clin­ton or Rep. Max­ine Wa­ters. And Nancy Pelosi — he and “Nancy” were go­ing to get along great. (“It re­ally could be a beau­ti­ful bi­par­ti­san type of sit­u­a­tion.”)

As long as there were no, um, in­ves­ti­ga­tions or sub­poe­nas for a per­son’s pri­vate tax re­turns. Which are be­ing au­dited!

Do you think the pres­i­dent and Con­gress could ac­tu­ally ac­com­plish any­thing? There’s go­ing to be a lot of talk about mat­ters like health care re­form. But you’ll no­tice any op­ti­mistic pre­dic­tions usu­ally wind up at road-build­ing.

“The one is­sue that Leader Pelosi and I dis­cussed this morn­ing is where — where there could be a pos­si­ble bi­par­ti­san agree­ment, would be some­thing on in­fra­struc­ture,” said Se­nate Leader Mitch McCon­nell.

McCon­nell added he was sure there would be “a lot of other things,” too. But he didn’t seem able to come up with any.

The moral is: Every­body loves pot­hole re­pair.

Be­fore we leave the midterms be­hind, what was your fa­vorite elec­tion out­come? I liked the one in Penn­syl­va­nia where Scott Wag­ner, the Repub­li­can can­di­date for gov­er­nor, lost to the in­cum­bent, Tom Wolf. Wag­ner was the guy who did a video warn­ing his op­po­nent to put on a catcher’s mask be­cause “I’m go­ing to stomp all over your face with golf spikes.”

In sev­eral states vot­ers gave thumbs-up to ex­pand­ing Med­ic­aid un­der the Af­ford­able Care Act. In Idaho, re­tir­ing Repub­li­can Gov. Butch Ot­ter called it an “Idaho-grown so­lu­tion.”

The big ques­tion now is whether we should wait un­til af­ter the hol­i­days to start dis­cussing the 2020 elec­tion. Is Beto O’Rourke go­ing to go on a long va­ca­tion or will he start look­ing re­ally avail­able be­fore Thanks­giv­ing? Does Cory Booker ever take va­ca­tions? Did any­body no­tice Eliz­a­beth Warren and Bernie San­ders won new terms this week?

Do you think any Repub­li­cans will try to run against Trump? John Ka­sich is cer­tainly mak­ing him­self look avail­able. And what’s Jeff Ses­sions go­ing to do with the rest of his life?

So much to do, so lit­tle time to ob­sess about it.

She writes for the New York Times.

Brett Ka­vanaugh must have been smil­ing as the re­turns came in on Elec­tion Day, be­cause it is now clear that the Democrats’ cam­paign to de­stroy him will go down as a mas­sive blun­der. It failed to keep Ka­vanaugh off the court. It cost Democrats their chance to re­gain con­trol of the Se­nate. And it gave Repub­li­cans an ex­panded Se­nate ma­jor­ity that will al­low them to con­firm an even more con­ser­va­tive jus­tice next time around.

To­day, Ka­vanaugh sits on the Supreme Court hear­ing cases. Mean­while, Demo­cratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Don­nelly of In­di­ana and Claire McCaskill of Mis­souri are pack­ing up their Se­nate

He writes for the Wash­ing­ton Post.

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