Donald Trump claimed that this election, the 2018 mid-term election, was all about him. He was right, but not, perhaps, in the way he meant it. The very narrow taking of a majority in the House of Representatives was all about Donald Trump … it was a referendum by democrats … a statement that said, “We have had enough.”
Contrary to what many predicted, it was not a sweep, there was no ‘blue wave’. And in fact, at several points it looked rather dim, and I had even written a morning post based on the assumption that the GOP maintained their control over the House — it was a glum post and I was happy to send it to the trash about 2:00 a.m.! There were some mega-disappointments, albeit not unexpected: Andrew Gillum, Stacy Abrams and Beto O’Rourke. At this writing, there is still a slight chance for Stacy Abrams, for the margin is narrow enough that a run-off election might be called for … we can hope, although I suspect the odds are slim.Now, we’ve had a moment of relief … some, no doubt, celebrated with champagne and noisemakers … it’s time to take stock, time to take a sobering look at the reality. The newly elected 116th Congress will not be seated until January 3rd, 2019 … nearly two full months from now. Have you considered what might happen during that two-month period?
I have no inside information and speak only as a decades-long observer of the political scene, and a more recent observer of Trump-antics. As such, it appears to me that the main thing Trump would like to see put to bed before he is actually held to account for his actions in two months, is the Robert Mueller investigation into possible criminal interactions between Trump, his campaign, and Russian manipulators during the 2016 presidential campaign. I will not be surprised to see some staffing changes at the Department of Justice in the next two months.
Trump, in his usual fashion, started the ‘morning after’ with threats …
“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!”
“They can play that game, but we can play better because we have a thing called the United States Senate and a lot of questionable things were done between leaks of classified information and many other elements that should not have taken place.”
Whoa … wait just a minute … you don’t own the Senate, and they don’t even work for you, Donnie boy! Would somebody please inform him that this is not junior high school???
And later, this …
“According to NBC News, Voters Nationwide Disapprove of the so-called Mueller Investigation (46%) more than they Approve (41%). You mean they are finally beginning to understand what a disgusting Witch Hunt, led by 17 Angry Democrats, is all about!”
Funny, isn’t it, that the mainstream media of which NBC News is a part is “the enemy of the people” and “fake news” until they report something that suits his purposes?
Is there no work for Trump to do … has he nothing better to do than play childish games? Or is he simply petrified of what investigations into his tax returns and his business’ finances since he took office would reveal?
Another sobering thought is that the Senate seats gained by the republicans last night may make a democratic majority in the Senate improbable anytime before 2022 … another four years. It is true that the majority in the House has given democrats an opportunity to insist on some oversight, will put an end to the free ride he has had thus far and hold him accountable for his actions. However, the importance of the Senate should not be downplayed. First, it is the Senate that confirms or denies Trump’s cabinet choices and, even more importantly, Supreme Court nominees. If the republicans hold the majority in the Senate for another four years, it is almost a certainty that Trump will place three more justices on the Court, making 5 of the 9, Trump picks. For life.
Second, it is the Senate that must come up with a two-thirds majority in order to convict and remove Trump from office if the House were to vote to impeach. I keep hearing people say that once there is a democratic majority in the House, Trump will be impeached. He might be, but he will remain in office just as Bill Clinton did. The difference is … consider Trump’s temperament … you think he’s abominable now? Imagine if he were to be impeached, and yet still remain in power.
It is not my intent to spoil the party here, but just to remember that while last night’s win was a positive step, it is not the end of Trump’s reign of idiocy.