Thursday, 22 November, 2018

Trump actually did way better than Obama in his first midterm

Image via Charles Fox  The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP Image via Charles Fox The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP
Melinda Barton | 08 November, 2018, 14:29

By nationalizing the election, he might have blunted what could have been a Democratic wave - say, winning 40-plus seats instead of at least 27 - in the House.

He said Ms. Love often called him about helping free hostage Joshua Holt, a Utah resident who was released this year after two years in a Venezuelan prison.

That means at least 117 women will serve in the 116th Congress, up from the current 107.

Democrats who want new leadership have been whispering about it for weeks, and on Wednesday, several Pelosi opponents announced their intent to run for the top posts.

These new records represent the culmination of a record-setting year for female candidates.

But the GOP solidified their Senate majority after an acerbic midterm election that enshrined America's deep political divides and shaped a highly contentious battleground for the stirring 2020 presidential race.

The opposition Democratic Party have regained control of the lower US House of Representatives from President Donald Trump's Republicans in the midterm elections, powered by a suburban revolt that threatens what's left of the president's governing agenda.

Democrats celebrated a handful of victories in their "blue wall" Midwestern states, electing or re-electing governors in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and in Wisconsin, where Scott Walker was defeated by the state's education chief, Tony Evers.

"Democrats have the people; Republicans have the real estate", one pundit said of the results.

At 29, Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

Leader of the House Nancy Pelosi pledged to hold the Republican presidency to account after Mr Trump's tumultuous two years in the White House. Today, his chances for re-election look much more hard than they did just a few months ago.

Republicans in this midterm benefited from having only nine seats up for grabs in the senate, compared to 26 for Democrats and the Independents who caucus with them. The White House revoked the press credentials of one of those reporters later Wednesday evening. The latter emphasise Trump's surprisingly protectionist economic rhetoric - once unthinkable from a Republican - that railed against a system controlled by global elites to the detriment of the working Americans who've watched their jobs disappear.

The Democrats protected several vulnerable chambers as well, including the Connecticut House, the Delaware Senate and the Maine House. White women were evenly split that year, too.

The elections also exposed an extraordinary political realignment in an electorate defined by race, gender, and education that could shape United States politics for years to come.

The GOP's successes were fueled by a coalition that's decidedly older, whiter, more male and less likely to have college degrees. The conflict has become widely unpopular with some members of Congress, and aid agencies say it has created the world's largest humanitarian catastrophe, with millions facing starvation amid a Saudi blockade of the Arab world's poorest country.

These breakdowns by education and gender are the sources of some of the most profound demographic shifts in recent American politics. Political gridlock between the White House and Congress could hinder Trump's pro-business agenda and raise concerns about U.S. political instability, but investors may have already priced this in.

"There's so much to the Trump administration that could be investigated, it's an unprecedented situation of major business entanglements around the world", said Dana Allin, senior fellow with the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Among those who consider that "important", two-thirds voted for Democrats. The Republican incumbent had been branded Barbara "Trumpstock" by Democrats in a race that pointed to Trump's unpopularity among college-educated women in the suburbs.

Two other key Democratic lawmakers, Elijah Cummings of Maryland, who will nearly certainly head the House Oversight Committee, and Adam Schiff of the Intelligence Committee, have both called for new oversight of Trump and his administration, probes often blocked by majority Republicans in the past two years.