The 2018 midterm election results are in. As expected, this round of elections did not fail to bring plenty of drama and excitement for both Democrats and Republicans. Both made substantial gains, with the Democrats taking control over the House and the GOP taking control over the Senate.
The next few months are going to be interesting. We’re expecting plenty of power plays and attempts to stifle Trump’s power from the House, but will it end up being the “blue wave” they threatened us with?
Not in the least.
In fact, it’s probably going to be a bit more like a gentle sprinkle – a light mist or fog, if you will. Regardless, a little rain isn’t going to get the GOP down.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. We can’t predict the future, but we can take a moment or two to tell you about what happened last night and this morning and why the shift matters.
Here’s your fresh-off-the-presses overview of the 2018 midterm election results.
Oh, the Drama!
• The most dramatic change last night – albeit one many were expecting – is that the Democrats did manage to unseat Republicans in high enough numbers to take control over the House. They finished out the race adding a total of 26 seats at 220, with Republicans capturing just 196 seats. The GOP needed at least 218 to retain control, making this race not as close as we expected.
• The GOP, however, didn’t bow out of the race as sore losers; they got the result analysts predicted, taking the Senate instead. Republicans added three seats in the Senate for a total of 52, beating out Democrats who achieved just 46.
Why is This a Big Deal?
Listen – we all know Democrats have it out for Donald Trump. They’ll stop at nothing to tar and feather him in the public eye. And that’s precisely why this Democratic majority in the house is such a problem.
• Even though we all know Trump hasn’t done anything wrong… even though Trump has been forthright and more than willing to put up with the rumors. Democrats will probably misuse their power in an attempt to oust him. They’ll also probably try their damndest to block him at every corner.
• Ultimately, having a Democratic majority in the house means Trump will have to be more wily, more crafty, and more willing to fight his way through the b.s. in order to affect change in our country. He’ll do that, but there’s a significant risk the positive changes he’s making will (at least temporarily) slow down.
• There’s also a chance Democrats may try to investigate Trump for criminal behavior, even though there’s quite literally zero proof he’s ever done anything legally wrong. If this happens, it may throw the current government into turmoil, at least temporarily.
As for claims the Democrats will abuse their power to push for impeachment? Don’t listen too closely to them. Trump has his own plan for dealing with the fake news. He blasted his thoughts on the subject via Twitter early the morning after elections.
“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. Two can play that game!”
The President’s Not-So-Secret Weapon
Trump usually doesn’t start his day without at least one contingency plan up his sleeve, and this morning was no different. The President does have a not-so-secret weapon at his disposal: the newly-bolstered GOP-lead Senate.
Not only did they maintain control, they also managed to beat out Dems in Indiana, Missouri and North Dakota along the way. That’s a big sign that some people are starting to come around to the fact that the Dems just might be the wrong choice.
But with the Republicans in control of the Senate, it doesn’t even matter so much that the Democrats managed to lie their way into the House. It will give Trump the power to push back against any effort they make to oust him or muddy his reputation. In fact, it just might help Trump officially seal their fate in the 2020 election.