Women Help Lead Democrats to US House Majority

Sergio Conner
November 9, 2018

In fact, as I am writing this, it appears that enough Republicans will have won Senate seats that it will be far more hard for Democrats to have a shot at winning a Senate majority in 2020 than anyone might have expected.

Now, with a Democratic House breathing down his neck, the world should expect more "fire and fury". The voters, he says, came in "really angry", but he realized that wasn't the case everywhere.

Last week, Schiff pointed a finger at Trump after Nigerian troops opened fire on protesters, suggesting the president's pronouncements and actions at home and overseas have made authoritarian responses more likely on the world stage.

"It's been a frustration", McConnell said. Crumbling infrastructure is Exhibit A.

SIPA/NewscomRegardless of affiliation or ideology, the aftermath of Tuesday's elections presents us all with a stark choice: We can either be serious about politics and policy, or we can be frivolous.

That triumphal news conference turned into an unsettling 90-minute sojourn through Trump's psyche.

"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.

Trump's ongoing conflicts with the media aside, it's a new day in Washington.

The investigation has been exploring Trump's potential collusion with Russian Federation as a candidate, obstruction of justice as president, and financial entanglements as a business executive. On Wednesday, he continued this by firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions and installing Matthew Whitaker - who has publicly called for curtailing the special counsel's investigation - as acting attorney general, sparking a constitutional crisis that threatens the rule of law itself.

Meanwhile, votes were still being counted.

And Trump - who said Democrats would "take a wrecking ball to our economy" - now has two ready-made scapegoats to blame for any slowdown: the Democratic-controlled House, and Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, who he has repeatedly attacked for raising rates.

Representative Seth Moulton of Salem is about to get some serious reinforcements to his troop of Democrats who want to end Nancy Pelosi's 15-year reign as the leader of House Democrats.

"We [members of Congress] are the appropriators", Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine said ahead of the vote. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; and Mike Braun over incumbent Sen.

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And while the Republican outlook in the House was indeed harmed by retirements, as Trump said, the GOP conversely benefited from district lines that were drawn largely by Republicans following the 2010 Census.

The Republicans jumped into an early lead in this contest, with Trump's anger, fear, resentment, and unapologetic championing of American nationalism wooing enough voters to prevail in November 2016.

With his party now steering the committee, Neal said he would want the White House, when it comes to tax relief, "to make some accommodation - for example on the top individual rate". And there were other factors at play that helped Democrats keep Republicans off the board for a fifth consecutive election.

On the whole, Republicans outperformed expectations in the Senate.

Mr. Fleischer sees the new dynamic as not right vs. left, but of "outsider vs. left".

Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, who ran against Pelosi past year as a centrist alternative, said colleagues want to do what's best for the new members coming from districts that just flipped from Republicans. "[Outsiders] don't like Washington, they don't trust Washington, and they reward politicians who are the most anti-Washington".

Overall, women voted considerably more in favour of congressional Democratic candidates - with fewer than 4 in 10 voting for Republicans, according to VoteCast, a nationwide survey of more than 115,000 voters and about 20,000 non-voters - conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago.

If Mr O'Rourke doesn't run, Democratic voters may look for a bit of that Beto magic in whoever does enter the field - someone young, charismatic and reform minded. Davis asks. "That goes right to their base".

A Democrat-controlled House will hamper Trump's pro-business agenda and could lead to uncertainty about his administration, but corporate tax cuts and deregulation measures that have played a large hand in the USA stock market's rally since the 2016 election are likely to remain untouched.

He also notes that wealthy party activists like Tom Steyer, talk radio, and cable TV will be "whipping this thing up", and saying, "We elected you guys, what are you doing?" "This is going to add gasoline on the fire".

Some Democrats said during their campaigns they would not back Pelosi, but it's not clear yet if there are any Democrats willing to challenge her for the post.

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Fleischer sees another potential path for Trump and the bipartisan leaders in the House and Senate: to find common ground on immigration.

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