Election Night 2018
The long and short of the midterm elections is becoming clear: the Senate will stay under Republican control, the House will sway somewhat drastically to the Democrats, as will the gubernatorial races.
As I flipped on CNN’s election night broadcast, the first thing I heard was, “This is heartbreaking.”
Liberal pundit Van Jones was reflecting on the lack of a so-called “Blue Wave” of voters turning out to spite President Trump. The wave didn’t necessarily come to shore, but there is major hope for Democrats after tonight.
After CNN projected just after 10 p.m. that Democrats would take House control, Jones said, “My heart is restored! There is a governing body against President Trump now.”
The Republican and Democratic members of CNN’s punditry team then spent five minutes arguing whether or not the House win could be considered “a wave.”
This isn’t really the important part, though.
Former Obama aide David Axelrod highlighted the fact that America’s suburbs largely flipped from red to blue. This could be a direct response to President Trump’s lack of political correctness, or this could be the beginning of a broader shift.
Losing the House “really changes life in the White House…you have to play defense in a way that you didn’t have to play defense before,” according to Axelrod.
Even more crucial was the idea alluded to by esteemed longtime journalist Dan Rather:
A Democratic House of Representatives can 1) subpoena President Trump for, say, his infamous tax returns or 2) put impeachment proceedings against him onto the table. The outcome of the ongoing Mueller probe into Trump’s presidential campaign dealings would have a lot to say about this second idea.
Regardless, Trump’s Twitter account will be a busy one in the next few weeks and months. He’ll likely focus on the big Senate win, but no Twitter user can surmise from experience that he won’t take shots at the newly-blue House. Stay tuned — divisive but captivating times in the political history of the U.S. are ahead.