Monday, 10 December, 2018

For Democrats, US House win moves Pelosi to centre stage

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives for a Election Results 2018: Here are the Midterm Races Still Too Close to Call for House, Senate and Governor
Jeannette Daniel | 09 November, 2018, 11:47

And should President Trump be anxious about his chances for re-election in 2020?

Given the enormous amount of energy being directed at such non-events such as Acosta-gate-did the CNN reporter manhandle a White House intern during a post-midterm press conference?-it's likely we as a country are choosing the latter. Aides had been quietly prepared for this outcome for weeks and will now kick into overdrive before the new Congress takes office in January.

Miller said any Democratic emphasis on the administration's perceived foreign policy failures is likely to fade away as domestic concerns rise to the fore. But Trump is not most presidents, and after making a gesture of decency, praising would-be House speaker Nancy Pelosi, he reverted back to his combative and confrontational mode in a freakish press conference in which he threatened to adopt a "warlike posture" against Democrats if they used their newfound power at the House to investigate his financial and political dealings.

Some Republicans sought to explain Michigan's shift to a more purple hue as nearly an inevitability after a long stint of one-party control.

And after two years of the chaos and confusion that is the Trump administration, voters were also motivated to bring back sanity and decency to USA politics. It wasn't clear what "leaks" he was referring to. Trump himself at times took part in informal conversations about the future, according to two senior White House officials not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.

The central strategy: play defence by going on offence and turning the public against Democratic investigations by painting the probes as overreach created to cause gridlock.

In so doing, he took advantage of a constitutional quirk-only a third of Senate seats are up for grabs in any one election, and most of this year's key contests were in states Trump won in 2016-and sought to deemphasize the only truly national competition this fall: the fight for control of the House.

Libby noted that often the only way the Legislature was able to extract information from LePage's administration was to use the Government Oversight Committee's subpoena powers to compel witnesses to appear before them.

Republican Young Kim defeated her Democratic opponent, Gil Cisneros, in California on Tuesday, making her the first Korean-American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. "They have to decide they want to run".

It also saw the birth of the small government-obsessed Tea Party, which proved to be formidable opposition for President Obama and even then-Republican Speaker of the House, John Boehner. "She has earned this great honour!"

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Trump, he said, is a "total opportunist" with "no political ideology" - the kind of politician whose thirst for adulation might, under certain circumstances, lead to his signing, or even championing, just about anything. He pointed to severalpolls that suggest Republican attack ads featuring Pelosi did not motivate voters in the midterm elections. Those potentially include Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY atop the Judiciary Committee and Elijah Cummings of Maryland, incoming chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

He and Pelosi, the Kentucky senator said, are "not unfamiliar" with one another as longtime leaders and colleagues. Furthermore, 22 states had never elected a female governor and only four out 50 governors are women. But substitute Trump for James and, say, Elizabeth Warren or Kamela Harris for Stabenow, and it's anyone's guess who would win in MI.

"We did this in spite of a very dramatic fundraising disadvantage driven by Democrats' wealthy donors and special interests and very hostile media coverage, to put it mildly", Trump said at the White House on November 7. Their first order of business as the House majority will be to decide whether to put the speaker's gavel back in Pelosi's hands.

Trump called the party's performance "very close to complete victory" and told reporters at the White House that he would rather see Democrats with a slim majority in the House, since Republicans would be blamed if they failed to convert a slight lead into legislative success.

The change in House control could bring other challenges for the market. He also encouraged conservatives to foster what he believes would be counter-productive impeachment talk among Democrats.

In a release, House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger pointed out the party would still "return a strong majority" to both chambers.

Republican analysts agree that Trump has gotten to the pinnacle of political power based on native ability, and are confident he will find his way. They were seen as overreaching, and that helped boost Clinton's poll numbers.

There was also an historic gender gap that showed women more supportive of Democrats than Republicans.

"How do Democrats deal with the Mueller report?" In a Georgia race a progressive, Lucy McBath, narrowly won a House seat that a more moderate candidate, Jon Ossoff, narrowly lost in a special election previous year.

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