Scoot: How Trump benefits from the “blue wave” in the House

November 07, 2018 - 11:47 am

Predictions of a “red wave” and a “blue wave” for the midterm elections were both right!  At a time when declaring political victory has never seemed more important – both Republicans and Democrats can say they won.  And trust that they will!

Overall, the results of the 2018 midterm elections will not do anything toward easing the great political divide in America.  The results will add fuel to the fires that are burning our political landscape.  Democrats won control of the House of Representatives, and Republicans gained seats in the Senate. 

However, the immediate big winner from the midterm elections is President Trump.  It is true that the investigative powers of the House can, and will, make life miserable for President Trump, politically and personally, and many White House staff members, as well.  But President Trump is a genius at gaining popularity with one side of the political spectrum, and Democrats controlling the House will present the President with a new enemy to attack.

If Nancy Pelosi becomes Speaker of the House, President Trump will have the perfect target to attack to rile up his base.  The Democrats appear to have the mentality that seniority must be rewarded.  That was the mentality that made Hillary Clinton the Democratic nominee in 2016, and that may be the mentality that promotes Nancy Pelosi to Speaker of the House.  If the Democrats are wise, and that’s a big “if,” Pelosi will not become Speaker of the House, even if the Democratic Party thinks she deserves it.

Voter turnout for a midterm elections was off the charts, and a lot of young people voted.  Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters and Diane Feinstein are among those who mirror the status quo that Hillary represented during the 2016 campaign.  The Democrats are in a perfect position to redefine their party with new political blood that carries a message beyond being the anti-Trump party.  But the two parties are so entrenched in their own political mud that neither seems to be willing to break the political mold that voters are screaming to be broken.

Unless the Democrats seize this opportunity to present a fresh, new image and a new message about who they are and what they are, then President Trump will be reelected in 2020.

Furthermore, the Democrats taking control of the House will only deepen the great political divide; and we, the American people, are relegated to sit on the sidelines as spectators to the recreational sport that politics has become.

There are clearly two sides to the results of the midterms, and both sides will boast what it means for the country.  Don’t expect Americans to be confused, though.  Sadly, those who  make up the right and the left will choose the spin that supports their biases and ignore a broader view of what it means for America.

Fortunately, there is another group made up of independents, moderate Republicans and moderate Democrats that outnumber the most partisan on the right and the left and this is the group that has been too quiet for too long and their tacit approach has rendered them into the backseat of politics.  Time for change.

President Trump is the type of leader who benefits from a well-defined enemy and the stage is set for the Democrats to hand the President the perfect enemy target.  It will be entertaining to watch the show – and that’s exactly what it is – a show.

BTW – if Nancy Pelosi did become Speaker of the House and, God forbid, anything happened to President Trump and VP Pence, then Nancy Pelosi would become POTUS.  That possibility should bring a sense of security to the Secret Service, right?

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