Historically, midterm elections have favored the party out of power and, based on that premise, the recent election results for the U.S. House of Representatives favored the Democrats and they are entitled to take credit for that. Instead, however, President Trump announced to the world that he had won the elections. Okay, the Republicans retained and grew their control of the U.S. Senate and that was quite an accomplishment, but what we end up with is a split government and that’s hardly a “win” for President Trump.
In my opinion, however, this split government will be beneficial to the country as a whole. President Trump has already passed his major legislative initiatives, namely, a tax cut, fewer regulations on business, job growth, more conservative judges, etc. The House may now propose legislation to promote its own agenda, but rest assured most of them will be killed by the Senate and never see the President’s desk for signing, unless it’s for a veto.
This scenario should please those who backed the President in 2016 and bring into the President’s fold those others who initially were intimidated by his personality but will now see him as the only person who can prevent the Democrats from passing laws regarding gun control, opening our borders, and a single-pay healthcare system.
And, let’s not forget that Congress’ focus will be diverted to the only agenda that the Democrats seem to have at the moment, and that is the impeachment of the President. Of course, we all know that the House \ “impeaches” and the Senate votes the target out of office. As you will recall, President Clinton was “impeached” by the House, but the Senate chose
to not vote him out of office. The same will play out over the next couple of years, despite efforts of the Democratic Party to the contrary.
Since impeachment is generally regarded as a dirty word by much of our population, that effort, coupled with the President’s base supporters and joined by those who will view him as a barrier to the passage of distasteful legislation, probably assures his re-election in 2020, especially with over $100 million in his re-election war chest already.