The Democratic “Blue-wave” was short of wave, it was more of a puddle
On the 6th of November the mid-term elections took place for all the 435 seats of the House (of Representatives) and 35 for the Senate, as well as numerous other state and local elections, were also contested. The results showed that the Democrats were able to take back the House’s majority leadership, granting them the power of issuing subpoenas and launching investigations. After 8 years being weaker than Ben Carson’s coffee, they now have the semblance of power, since in the Senate not that they won over seats from the Republicans but even lost 2, making the Senate 53-46 majority of Republicans, where the 46 Democratic seats includes 2 independent Senators as well (2 races in the Senate and 15 in the House is still undeclared).
The upcoming fights
However, we cannot neglect the win of the Democrats and that they will be able to take over important House Committees and look into issues like asking for Donald Trump’s tax returns, which he was able to avoid up for investigation for more than 2 years, or that they will be able look at the ethical aspects of the Presidents involvement in his businesses. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D) will finally be able look into alleged interference of the POTUS with the FBI and Rep. Adam Schiff (D) will be able to reopen investigation concerning alleged ties between Trump and Russia. It is a small win but a win for Democrats over Republicans, since the Grand Old Party (GOP) has lost control of the House. If Democrats play their cards well, they can utilize this for the upcoming Presidential election in 2020.
Donald Trump reacted at first in a humble way, saying that Nancy Pelosi fought hard, and deserves to become the House’s Speaker, however, he was quick to surprise many, by declaring it was a major win for Republicans and denouncing the fake news for reporting otherwise. Later on even went on warning Democrats who wish to pursue investigating him through the House will be met with similar investigations from the Senate.
To the international sphere, this was a mixed signal of the domestic politics, some hailing it as a positive improvement of containing Trump’s controversial politics, but some were quick to warn, that if Trump was proclaimed to be unstable before we can just guess what will happen if he loses domestic stability.
In other news
Meanwhile we would have (rightfully) thought that the mid-terms will steal the show of the media coverage, Trump was quick to use his old tactics of driving to conversation to other topics. In a press conference he clashes with the press, even called a black reporter racist when she asked whether he was a white nationalist for saying on a rally that he was a proud nationalist. Also, as usual, he insulted CNN which was not a surprise to many, yet it was too close to say that this was the highlight of this week’s news.
Just a day after the mid-terms, Jeff Sessions upon the request of the President has resigned from leading the Justice Department, leaving it with an interim Attorney-General, Matthew Whitaker, the Chief of Staff of Sessions. This development has major implications on Muller’s investigation, as Whitaker wrote an op-ed saying that the Mueller’s investigation of Trump is going too far and in an interview suggesting that he would defund the investigation making it cumbersome to complete.
The life on the Capital is never boring, yet in the past few days, it just got even more exciting!