The Morning After …

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.celebration.jpgNow, 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.

19 thoughts on “The Morning After …

  1. I observed Foald Trump looking nervous and disheveled at his sham press conference, Pethals the abuses he inflicts in his body due to stress, lack of sleep.. will be the deciding factor in the future fate of his Presidency.

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  2. Thanks for the pep talk. I am hoping that the people realize that all the victories were too close which means there is lots of room for improvement. As for changes, DJT didnt waste time in getting Sessions resignation. Mueller and Rosenstein next before Dems are sworn in? Loved the pug most if all!

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    • You are so right … the margin was far too close. All those who predicted a ‘blue wave’ got it wrong … it was a hard-fought and close battle. And now, he is determined to shut down the Mueller investigation before the next Congress is seated and has a chance to stop him. Surprise, huh? Glad you liked the pug … he made me laugh!

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  3. “Two can play that game.” That’s how he sees this, as a popularity contest. His mind-numbing ignorance appalls me.

    I’ll take the positive step, though. I don’t expect much to happen in the next two years. Perhaps I’m fatigued from it all, and have become bitter and cynical. My greatest hope for the future comes from higher registration numbers, greater turn out, and the number of young women voted into office on the national scale. I do also achieve a large measure of hope from demographics, as well. Those old Republicans are going to start kicking off sooner or later.

    Cheers

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    • Unfortunately, I share both your fatigue and cynicism. It’s been a long and chaotic two years, and while I am glad that there is now a democratic majority in the House that I hope will not cave to Trump’s pressure and will stand firm in holding him accountable, I also see signs that he is going to do as much damage as he possibly can before the next Congress is seated in January. His rhetoric, his temper, his lack of integrity or honesty … they are all getting old and tiresome. I long to have a dignified adult in the White House again. Sigh.

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  4. I’ll comment on the 14th congressional district in Illinois. This is a suburban district, and is usually considered a safe Republican seat. It was a close race, but Lauren Underwood managed to win. She is a Democrat, and a black woman.

    This partly restores my faith in Americans. I’m sure this was partly seen as a vote on Trump. And evidently the voters in this district are not as racist as I had feared.

    Underwood is (or was) a nurse. She ran on medical care as an issue. That seems to be an issue that resonates with the voters.

    My congratulations to Lauren Underwood. I look forward to having her as my congressional representative.

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  5. Sigh….my main worry is that the Dems in the House won’t have the cahones to take on Drumpf, even after 2 years of complaining and making noise about what needs to be done that the Repubs wouldn’t do. Here’s your chance, Dems…use it or lose it!

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    • I share your concerns, but my more immediate worry is how much damage is he intent on doing over the next two months before the new Congress takes office? Today, he fired Jeff Sessions, putting the Mueller investigation at great risk, and pulled the press creds of one of the top reporters for nothing more than asking tough questions. What will tomorrow bring? Sigh.

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      • I share your concerns. Trump is going to act fast and do as much damage before the Dems get in. And the one reason people may be tired of Muellers probe or against it, is that so far nothing has come of it that really has effected trump. He has not been curtailed in any way and maybe it’s a “what are you waiting for” attitude. Now is definitely the time…urgent.

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        • Muellers investigation has gone on for a long time, but then I knew it would. First, there is a lot of territory to cover, and for a long time, every thread he followed opened more doors and led to even more players, more cans of worms. He has to be thorough, for he only gets one shot at this, and if all his ‘t’s aren’t crossed and all his ‘i’s dotted, the entire thing will lose credibility. I have the utmost confidence in him, for he is a very intelligent man and has hired equally good people. It just takes time, and that is a luxury we may well be running out of.

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          • Trump knew exactly what is was doing when he got Kavanaugh in there and now with this acting AG.

            And I saw where the Dems are divided whether to go for impeachment. They don’t want to take a chance it doesn’t work. Pelosi is against it and Steyer (?) is for it. It’ll rile trump’s base if they try and if it doesn’t work out, they’ll have a field day and he could gain more support.
            These are the concerns.

            I also have huge respect for Mueller.

            I went to a small gathering/march in my town last night in support of Mueller and against trump. From what I understand it was an organized event all over the country by MoveOn.org and there were thousands of protesters around the nation. But it boils down to really not being able to accomplish anything, but it felt good to see people like me in a red area. We are out there!

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            • They would do well to steer away from impeachment, for while the House could certainly impeach him, the Senate would not convict and therefore, like Bill Clinton, he would remain in office. There has to be a 2/3 majority in the Senate to remove him from office, and it isn’t there. Hence, if the House impeaches, we are going to have a mad bull in the Oval Office … even more so than we already have … and his followers would go into overdrive, thus widening the divisive gap even more. Better, I think, to give him enough rope to hang himself.

              Yes, I was very encouraged by the protests around the nation … it shows that We the People are not ready to give up just yet!

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