Republican Donald Trump elected President of the United States of America

Blanche Robertson
November 9, 2018

Democrats laid out their goals for a divided government Wednesday, saying they want to work with the president on prescription drug reform and infrastructure investment.

Ideas reached him in his office the day after the midterms. "We have to act on those issues, and we have to do it in a way that forces Trump and the Republicans to address them".

The interview is edited and condensed.

"If Dems were looking for an obvious frontrunner for 2020 to emerge from 2018 results, well you didn't get one", said Amy Walter, an elections analyst with the Cook Political Report.

Senator Sherrod Brown could be the dark horse who benefits the most from the 2018 midterms. "We are going to have a lot of reason to do it". [Parties] try to choose a narrative that is favorable to them - and reality doesn't necessarily have much to do with the kind of narrative they come up with.

He seized on scenes of a caravan of Central American migrants heading through Mexico for the U.S., mused on ending the constitutional guarantee of citizenship to all people born in the United States and ran a television advertisement, deemed too provocative to air by mainstream networks, that linked Democrats to a criminal who was an undocumented immigrant.

That's thanks to Mr. Trump's personal appearances on behalf of candidates who could not have won without him.

In recent midterm elections when presidents faced a backlash from voters, the president accepted their brushback.

If President Trump were a disciplined political actor who thought strategically about his party's electoral future instead of a reactive and impulsive vulgarian whose insecurities and prejudices just so happen to coincide and resonate with the insecurities and prejudices of a large swath of Republican voters, he could do far more than merely use Democratic gains in the House as an opportunity to keep his base whipped into a froth of partisan fury over the next two years.

Democrats also underperformed in districts that were considered fertile territory for the party.

"Some of the seats the Democrats won, particularly those in places where the president won by double-digits in 2016, will be hard to hold", said Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato's Crystal Ball.

This was sort of a muddle.

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Just after polls closed on the West Coast, Trump took to Twitter to hail his party's performance. Or you could say, "Look, if you run as a genuine, charismatic progressive, you can't beat Ted Cruz, and maybe a different candidate could have". The Democrats have been authorized, in Schiff's words, to reassert the role of the House as "a co-equal branch of government" that will "push back against the basic indecency of this person in the Oval Office". How can party leaders balance that desire with their own concerns about overreaching?

The Republicans lost the House by a comparatively small margin and gained firmer control of the Senate.

Worse for Mr. Trump, the share of voters who dislike him personally but like his policies increased in the past two years.

"At the end of the day, ME people don't care which party you identify with, they just want someone who is honest, believes in our state and vows to do what they say they'll do", Jackson said. So, for sure, there is going to be impeachment material that is discussed in committee.

McConnell eschewed further attempts to get him to respond to heated presidential rhetoric, refusing to call the migrant caravan - still hundreds of miles from the southern USA border - a "crisis", as Trump did in high profile campaign rallies created to turn out the GOP base.

Could he decide to use some of his remaining war chest as seed money for a 2020 presidential bid?

Despite her upset victory, Horn is viewed as an underdog should she seek reelection in two years, especially as Trump carried the district by 13 points. John McCain, nominally a Republican, for contributing to the GOP's losing the House. Republicans have picked up at least one seat in the Senate, with races in Arizona and MS remaining undecided. "They don't see politics as the arena in which they want to serve their community, and this did flip for us certainly after that election".

What else struck you about this election?

Another important trend from this year's exits (and any year's) is how gender interacts with race and education. But state-level politicians are also the farm team for national politics. So there's potential effect there.

"I really believe that we will be able to do that".

The other related thing is the [successful ballot measure] in Florida to enfranchise ex-felons, which should advantage Democrats.

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