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Wednesday, November 07, 2018

And 6 Other Election Takeaways There are a lot of different ways to read the results from elections across the country Tuesday. There will be lots of spin in the coming days about what it all means, but here are seven ways to cut through the noise and put what happened in context: 1. It was a Democratic wave in the House, and that is a very big deal.

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"1. It was a Democratic wave in the House, and that is a very big deal.

This stands head and shoulders above anything else you'll read about the 2018 midterm elections -- and maybe the only thing that matters.

Just how big a deal is recapturing the House for Democrats? Imagine a scenario in which Republicans maintained control of the House.

President Trump and Republicans would consider themselves validated and step on the gas, likely repealing the Affordable Care Act, rolling back more regulations and seeking any other number of policy priorities that Democrats would find odious.

Now all of that is stopped in its tracks. For Democrats -- feeling a degree of disappointment at losing some closely watched governors' races and suffering a net loss of at least a couple of seats in the Senate -- taking back the House is a major victory.

It's the equivalent of a court-ordered injunction keeping the steamroller at the property line.

2. A lot of centrist Democrats will be headed to Congress. That presents an opportunity and a challenge for Democrats."

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If Dems don't get control of the House, the steamroller picks up steam... and if they didn't run centrist Dems in Red districts, they would not have gotten control of the House.

For liberals it's the same old question: Do you want to be right and have your favorite elected, but lose and have no control of policy at all... or do you want to win and stop the steamroller from flattening Americans.

Some people piously pick the former, with little regard for the outcome for their fellow American, particularly the most vulnerable who may not be able to move out of the way like some people can.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2018-11-07 12:56 PM | Reply

Democratic Control Of The House Is Trouble For Trump

Two words: tax returns

Two more words: Putin's payroll

And two more words: treason, traitor

#2 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-11-07 01:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Back in 2015, the House Republican majority changed the rules in the House to make it easier for them to subpoena the Obama administration. Rather than involve members of the Democratic minority in the process at all, they simply authorized their own committee chairs to unilaterally issue subpoenas to anyone they wished.

Come January, that may well come back to haunt the dwindling number of Republicans left in the U.S. House of Representatives. The result: for the first time, Donald Trump and his administration may soon face some real oversight

TEEHEE!

#3 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-11-07 01:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Meanwhile good for President Trump that he has more seats in the Senate. I wonder how Ginsburg's health is,,,,,,,,,,

#4 | Posted by MSgt at 2018-11-07 01:36 PM | Reply

"Meanwhile good for President Trump that he has more seats in the Senate. I wonder how Ginsburg's health is,,,,,,,,,," - #4 | Posted by MSgt at 2018-11-07 01:36 PM

What difference does additional seats in the Senate mean for confirming Trump's judicial appointments?

He had more than enough before yesterday.

#5 | Posted by Hans at 2018-11-07 01:38 PM | Reply

Democrats planning to call Mueller for nationally televised hearings if he's removed from the Russia probe

www.rawstory.com

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-11-07 01:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

1. It was a Democratic wave in the House, and that is a very big deal.

Not really, since on average the sitting POTUS' party has lost 37 seats during midterms since WWII. At best right now the Dems will gain 32 seats, which to me is a shock given Trumps dismal approval ratings, I would have thought the DCCC would do much better than that. That being said, the big deal is that the Dems now control the House and its subpoena power, which will make life very difficult for Donnie Little Hands.

Be prepared, at the very least, for great political theater over the next two years.

#7 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-11-07 01:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What difference does additional seats in the Senate mean for confirming Trump's judicial appointments?
He had more than enough before yesterday.

#5 | POSTED BY HANS

It means he has a wider margin for candidates who might be viewed as controversial.

#8 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-11-07 02:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

--the big deal is that the Dems now control the House and its subpoena power, which will make life very difficult for Donnie Little Hands.

Good thing Eric Holder established the precedent that subpoenas can be safely ignored.

#9 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-11-07 02:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"At best right now the Dems will gain 32 seats, which to me is a shock given Trumps dismal approval ratings..." - #7 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-11-07 01:58PM

Why would that be a shock?

The Democratic vote margin in 2018 was greater than the GOP vote margin in 2010.

In 2010 the GOP picked up 63 seats.

In 2012 Congressional reapportionment took place across America, including in the majority of states run by Republican state legislatures.

In 2018 the Democrats picked up just more than 30 seats.

What's so shocking (or confusing) about those facts?

#10 | Posted by Hans at 2018-11-07 02:15 PM | Reply

"It means he has a wider margin for candidates who might be viewed as controversial." - #8 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-11-07 02:01 PM

"Viewed as controversial" wasn't an issue for Gorsuch.

But even "viewed as controversial" Kavanaugh would have been confirmed without the single Democratic vote he received.

So, what difference does additional seats in the Senate mean for confirming Trump's judicial appointments?

And, an even more pertinent question would be, why nominate anyone "viewed as controversial" when there are plenty of approved-by-the-Federalists choices available who wouldn't be "viewed as controversial"?

#11 | Posted by Hans at 2018-11-07 02:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Hans,

Before last night it would have only taken 2 moderate GOP senators to scuttle a judicial nomination. Now Trump has more leeway.

#12 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-11-07 02:28 PM | Reply

And, an even more pertinent question would be, why nominate anyone "viewed as controversial" when there are plenty of approved-by-the-Federalists choices available who wouldn't be "viewed as controversial"?

Because the DNC machine has shown that it will now stop at nothing to dig up dirt about any nominee, regardless of qualifications to make a "controversy."

A friend of mine just recently pulled her name out of the running for a Federal Magistrate position because she had a messy divorce in law school 30+ years ago and didn't want her ex (who I went to school with and is still bitter about the split 30 years later) to drag her through the mud.

#13 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-11-07 02:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Because the House flipped, right?
Kavanaugh got dragged through the mud, right?
He came out smelling like roses and a fifteen year old girl's bubblegum lip gloss, right?

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-11-07 02:37 PM | Reply

"Before last night it would have only taken 2 moderate GOP senators to scuttle a judicial nomination. Now Trump has more leeway." - #12 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-11-07 02:28 PM

There are no such things as "moderate GOP senators."

Every single one of the so-called "moderate GOP senators" (Corker, Flake, Collins) voted for Kavanaugh... just as they all voted for almost everything Trump/McConnell ever wanted.

It was only their faux outrage over Trump that falsely earned them the label "moderate GOP senators."

When it came right down to what matters - their voting record - they were as "moderate" as Tom Cotton, John Barrasso and John Cornyn.

#15 | Posted by Hans at 2018-11-07 02:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

"Because the DNC machine has shown that it will now stop at nothing to dig up dirt about any nominee..." - #13 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-11-07 02:32 PM

Don't seem to remember that happening to Neil Gorsuch.

Or Amul Thapar.
Or John K. Bush.
Or Kevin Newsom.
Or Ralph R. Erickson.
Or Amy Coney Barrett.
Or Joan Larsen.
Or Allison H. Eid.
Or Stephanos Bibas.
Or Gregory G. Katsas.
Or L. Steven Grasz.
Or Don Willett.
Or James C. Ho.
Or David Stras.
Or Elizabeth L. Branch.
Or Kyle Duncan.
Or Kurt D. Engelhardt.
Or Michael B. Brennan.
Or Michael Y. Scudder.
Or Amy J. St. Eve.
Or Joel M. Carson III.
Or John B. Nalbandian.
Or Mark J. Bennett.
Or Andy Oldham.
Or Britt Grant.
Or A. Marvin Quattlebaum Jr.
Or Julius N. Richardson.
Or David J. Porter.
Or Ryan D. Nelson.
Or Richard J. Sullivan.

#16 | Posted by Hans at 2018-11-07 02:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN AT 2018-11-07 02:02 PM | REPLY | FLAGGED NEWSWORTHY BY JEFFJ, NEWSWORTHY BY RIGHTOCENTER

These rwingers sure stick together.... like the pages of RoCheney's Chippendale Dancers calendar.

Eric Holder Whataboutism.... What obfuscation will they use next?

Maybe a classic liberal should be more concerned about the fight against rwing policy and the destruction of health care and the exploding of the debt and the deficit than he is about protecting a douchebag like Trump.

#17 | Posted by Corky at 2018-11-07 02:49 PM | Reply

#17

That is an uncharacteristically funny line for you Dorkus...and I don't believe that you had to steal it from someone here on the DR, which I think is a first.

But you still can't touch the substance of Nulli's post because you know he is correct.

#18 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-11-07 03:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

- the substance of Nulli's post

You are imaging things.... it's a wonder you could even use that word in the same sentence with his name.

His post is a deflection, a logical fallacy of Whataboutism, nothing more.

#19 | Posted by Corky at 2018-11-07 03:48 PM | Reply

And, btw, you do understand, one would hope, that he could defend himself without your constant help on these pages were his inane claims the least bit defensible to begin with and not just deflective trolling material, right?

He's letting you look stupid instead of himself... but then, I guess that's why he pays you the big rubles.

#20 | Posted by Corky at 2018-11-07 03:57 PM | Reply

Rubles!

#21 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-11-07 04:01 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#21

Yep... buh-lieve it or not, that's all he's got these days. He's Sniperfidian now.

And all RoCheney had was a FF. Two peas in Donald's pod.

#22 | Posted by Corky at 2018-11-07 04:06 PM | Reply

{Corky stamp}
You're an alt-right nazi-coddling brown booted neoliberal Trump Humper who marches with Robert Spencer, watches Fox News, loves Steven Bannon, white supremacists and racists, a 1% crony capitalist KKK science denying obfuscator, who has no arguments, only caricature.
{stamp}

#23 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-11-07 04:23 PM | Reply

#23

lmao... he did have something; a nothing old post of his own making from months ago... that is actually completely factual.

On his defending Nulli's Nonsense daily?

Still nada.

#24 | Posted by Corky at 2018-11-07 04:27 PM | Reply

It puts the THC Oil on its skin, or it gits the hose agin...

#25 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-11-07 04:42 PM | Reply

--Nulli's Nonsense Daily

5 stars.

"A page turner"

"Crazy bloggers scorched."

"Couldn't put it down"

"A hilarious savaging of leftist nonsense"

#26 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-11-07 04:47 PM | Reply

Before last night it would have only taken 2 moderate GOP senators to scuttle a judicial nomination. Now Trump has more leeway.
#12 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

Who are you kidding?

For conservatives to do the right thing. They'd have to value Americans more than money.

All Republicans are hollow shells of human beings.

They're abandoned their morals and sense of duty in exchange for money and approval from Donnie Dumphk.

#27 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-11-07 04:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

5 stars.
"A page turner"
"Crazy bloggers scorched."
"Couldn't put it down"
"A hilarious savaging of leftist nonsense"
#26 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

Is this how you see yourself??

Delusional to be sure.

But thanks for a brief glimpse into your narcissism.

#28 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-11-07 04:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

--Nulli's Nonsense Daily - #26 | Posted by nulliquisling at 2018-11-07 04:47 PM

Never seen on "Nulli's Nonsense Daily":

"Spasm of lucidity"

#29 | Posted by Hans at 2018-11-07 04:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

He had more than enough before yesterday.

#5 | POSTED BY HANS AT 2018-11-07 01:38 PM | FLAG: Guess my meaning was not clear for you: Would be GREAT if President Trump could appoint a third Supreme Court member.

#30 | Posted by MSgt at 2018-11-07 07:20 PM | Reply

"Would be GREAT if President Trump could appoint a third Supreme Court member." - #30 | Posted by MSgt at 2018-11-07 07:20 PM

Would be GREAT if people like you never posted again.

Meanwhile, the rest of us live in the reality-based world, where we deal with reality when it presents itself.

#31 | Posted by Hans at 2018-11-07 07:42 PM | Reply

#25

More nada. It's a wonder the Bar doesn't disbar you for being argument-free.

#32 | Posted by Corky at 2018-11-07 09:02 PM | Reply

This headline is exactly wrong. The Dems taking the House is the best thing that can happen to Trump. When the GOP controls all 3 branches of government, there is no escaping blame when things go bad. Right now, the economy is roaring. This huge upturn corresponded directly with the Trump election (correlation vs. causation of course) but there is no denying that the economy is/was great up until the Dems took the House. So, Trump now has a ready made scapegoat for any downturn that may occur between now and election 2020.

Even better for Trump/GOP, it is now possible to blame everything on the Democrats in the House, everything from legislation not passing, to immigration, to the economy. Look at the approval ratings for any party that controls all 3 branches, they are terrible because the party will always fail to deliver on their campaign promises. It ALWAYS leads to voter apathy and tuning out of politics in general. You want a prediction? MSNBC ratings will fall greatly over the next 2 years as their duped voters get disillusioned with the lack of any meaningful changes brought about by the House Dems. There will be obstruction, meaningless investigations, and nothing to show for their control legislatively in 2020.

Let's be totally honest. Government is always dysfunctional, leading to over promising and under delivering. Leading up to 2018, the Dems have achieved max interest in politics as they mistakenly trusted that voting Dem will lead to change (it won't and we all know it won't). Meanwhile, the GOP finally has someone to blame for their complete lack of success in implementing the Trump agenda outside of a tax cut and Trump's executive actions.

So, not only does Trump have his scapegoat that he can pound in TV interviews (hard to do when it is his own party like Ryan), but he will likely even get one more SC Justice given the GOP retained the Senate. After the Dem debacle with Kavanaugh, they can't play the 'sex offender' card anymore and I suspect Trump to nominate and ram through a Justice to the right of Lord Palpatine. Unless the Dems can figure out a way to play Weekend at Bernie's with RBG, they are losing another seat.

If the GOP would have won the House, the Dems would have had a 50/50 shot at beating Trump in 2020, and even much higher if an economic downturn would have occurred. Now, Trump 2020 is all but assured and an economic downturn now will cement the impression that Dems are bad for the economy for generations to come. That, paired with the potential of Trump getting another SC Justice is the best thing any conservative could have asked for in this election.

#33 | Posted by moveon_2020 at 2018-11-08 08:09 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Unless the Dems can figure out a way to play Weekend at Bernie's with RBG, they are losing another seat.

That made me laugh.

#34 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-11-08 09:45 AM | Reply

Moveon still doesn't know how Congress works, apparently.

"The Dems taking the House is the best thing that can happen to Trump."

What you don't realize is how true that statement is. Now Humpy can be held accountable.

You will see how happy Humpy is in the next few days and weeks. But, the real excitement comes in January.

So stick around Moveon. Since you obviously missed the Nixon Error you might just learn something about how American Government does work. It will be another lesson for all of us.

#35 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-11-08 02:55 PM | Reply

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