Trump, Democrats can take 2020 clues from midterm elections

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Democrats also closed the GOP's 27-11 supermajority in the Senate, shrinking the gap to 22-16. They included New Jersey Sen Cory Booker, California Sen Kamala Harris, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Vice President Joe Biden.

"I think the message is, figure out what you can do together and do it", McConnell said, adding that the Affordable Care Act needs to be fixed but that any effort to fix the Obama-era law would have to be done "on a bipartisan basis". "It was a great victory".

The Democratic winning margin in the popular vote is projected by the New York Times to be about 7 points once all the votes are counted. His immigration and trade policies are not simply ill-informed but deeply disturbing from a moral perspective (the United States shouldn't be keeping out refugees and asylees from countries we helped to destroy).

Still, in terms of seats, the GOP losses in the House were well within the parameters of historical norms - and offset by gains in the Senate. That's one reason why it's so hard to settle on a single narrative about what happened. As Trump loyalists such as Rep. David Brat (R-Va.) could tell you, that simply isn't true.

The Democrats soundly routed the Republicans in the House and lost seats to them in the upper chamber because, to put it simply, different rules govern elections for the two chambers. There has been a form of mobilisation at both ends of the spectrum that is driven by a profound social crisis and the loss of legitimacy of capitalist institutions, including corporate political parties.

They have oversight responsibility over the State Department, and plan to use it by delving into whether dozens of career diplomats have been pushed out because they were not considered Trump loyalists.

The big story coming out of Tuesday's midterm elections is how totally the news media missed the issue of what waves were building.

Perhaps no state offered Democrats more hope than Wisconsin, which shocked the party in 2016 by narrowly falling into Trump's column.

The Democrats' victory in the House could also benefit the market, some investors have said, by tempering Trump's aims such as on global trade. Barack Obama had won 1.55 million four years earlier. Trump only added 2,000 to Mitt Romney's 2012 total, hardly much motion at all.


There's been a running debate among Democrats since 2016 over whether the failings of the party were because its candidates didn't do enough to broaden their appeal to independents and moderate Republicans or if they were insufficiently outspoken in their support for progressive goals. However, he did it by standing still as Clinton underperformed.

It's still a blue state to be sure.

The issue of health care drove a plurality of voters - 41 percent - to the ballot box, according to exit poll results. Clinton dropped nearly 300,000 votes from Obama's 2012 performance in MI, which produced 131,000 fewer votes between the two major-party candidates than in the previous cycle.

The victory of the Democrats is likely to bring the question of Trump's impeachment back on the agenda and have serious political consequences for the U.S. president. The two House pickups in rural Minnesota were in significant part inspired by Trump, and the GOP's better Senate results were clearly driven by Trump's barnstorming in the final weeks of the midterms.

It would require making an overture to the incoming Democratic majority in the House, proposing an agenda to give an added boost to American workers and the infrastructure that serves as the backbone of American industry.

Trump ascribed Democratic House gains to extraneous factors - superior fund-raising, retirement decisions by Republican incumbents - rather than the anvil his divisive presidency hung around the necks of GOP members in suburban districts.

"But even more importantly, as much as they complain about Mr. Trump's style and worry about his overall steadiness, it's not clear how many of his policies they fundamentally disagree with in a way that would create a consensus they could write into law and change the nation's basic foreign policy course", he said. Trump said in a tweet. Democrats want to protect those who have been in the country illegally for a long time, especially "dreamers". Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has also made it easier for Republicans: He cut deals two times this year with McConnell to expedite votes on batches of lifetime federal judges in exchange for letting Democrats go home to campaign for re-election. Some two-thirds of voters on Tuesday expressed satisfaction with the economy, and these are people he'd win if he didn't alienate them with his narcissism and petulance.

Even President Trump appears to believe Pelosi will land the job, calling her "Speaker Pelosi" in his press conference Wednesday, and praising her for her accomplishments. Instead he has played constantly to his base who are already loyal.

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