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Midterm election loss won't put Trump back in his box [zut alors]
Agence France-Presse ^ | 7 Nov 2018

Posted on 11/07/2018 9:18:43 AM PST by Olog-hai

Donald Trump boasts about winning, but after Democrats seized the House of Representatives on Tuesday, the reality show-host-turned-president is finding out how it feels to be one of the “losers” he usually mocks.

And has he responded with humility? Did the former billionaire real estate dealer and ringmaster at “The Apprentice” appear downcast?

No. Trump was triumphant. He tweeted that the midterm elections — in which Democrats defeated his Republicans to control the lower house of Congress for the first time in eight years — were “a tremendous success.” […]

According to the office of Nancy Pelosi, the Democrat in line to become the new speaker of the House, Trump called her after the results came in “to extend his congratulations.” “He acknowledged the Leader’s call for bipartisanship,” Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammill tweeted.

But if the olive branch withers, Trump could arguably even benefit from open war with the House.

First, the Republicans have firm control over the Senate. That means that Trump can still get things done, not least confirmation of right-leaning judges with lifetime appointments. As Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said Tuesday: “the conservative judicial train will keep running.”

Even more importantly, conflict with the Democrats could simply fuel Trump’s real goal of re-election in 2020. The Trump base will have no problem believing him when he says that Pelosi and her Democrats are to blame for every ill in the country. …

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TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2018midterms
Interesting how this Hammill fellow referred to Pelosi as “the Leader”. Shows the mindset.
1 posted on 11/07/2018 9:18:43 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
Trump only lost 1/3rd of what Obama and Clinton lost during their midterms.

Only 1/3rd.

2 posted on 11/07/2018 9:20:00 AM PST by Slyfox (Not my circus, not my monkeys)
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3 posted on 11/07/2018 9:20:44 AM PST by red-dawg (Climate change caused the end of the Ice Age. Did man play a part in it?)
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To: red-dawg

And Beto just changed his name to “Nacho”......Nacho Senator!

4 posted on 11/07/2018 9:22:22 AM PST by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: Olog-hai
S/B DEAR Leader. </sarc>
5 posted on 11/07/2018 9:22:24 AM PST by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was blind but now I see...)
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To: Olog-hai

Listening to President Trump’s Presser - he’s unleashed !!!

6 posted on 11/07/2018 9:32:26 AM PST by 11th_VA ("When passions are most inflamed, fairness is most in jeopardy." - Susan Collins)
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

Oh well; at least it’s not “Great Leader” (as Kim Il-sung was styled).

7 posted on 11/07/2018 9:33:57 AM PST by Olog-hai ("No Republican, no matter how liberal, is going to woo a Democratic vote." -- Ronald Reagan, 1960)
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To: Olog-hai

We hold the Presidency, Senate, Supreme Court, most Governorships, and most State Houses...

Dims control the House.

We’ll muddle through just fine...

8 posted on 11/07/2018 9:34:28 AM PST by GOPJ (Democrats want dead children & VIOLENCE at the border... for their "Kent State" photo op...)
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To: Olog-hai

President Trump can continue reshaping the courts - far more easily now - and can still push through renegotiations of trade and other treaties. His re-election is now more likely since Democrats won’t be able to blame him and Republicans for everything and the House is split closely enough that a strong showing in 2020 could well tip the House back to Republican control. Remember 3 leftist billionaires shelled out $330 million dollars (an unprecedented sum) to flip the House and Democrats had far more campaign cash as a result.

Despite that, Republican losses were within the historical norm in the House, and they actually gained seats in the Senate. So the truth is that yes, Democrats made gains, but hardly anything sweeping and long term, this may well benefit President Trump. How badly were Obama’s reelection chances hurt when the Democrats lost a staggering 61 house and 6 Senate seats in 2010?

9 posted on 11/07/2018 9:50:05 AM PST by FLT-bird
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Trump has spent most of his adult life negotiating with adversaries. His main problem over the past two years was a spineless R leadership in the House. Trump managed to align the Senate with his agenda, which is one of the reasons they gained seats in 2018. In the House, think of it less as a loss than as a purge of the RINO/NeverTrump faction that was clogging the wheels in the House.

All this is setting the stage for a revitalized Trump-wing of the Republican party to take back the reigns in 2020. In the meantime, Trump now has a real foil to work with. Without the Senate, the moonbat wing of the D party won't be able to do anything with their House majority other than hold a few sham "hearings" that will do little more than illustrate their out-of-touchness to everyone else.

In the meantime, Trump will use carrots and sticks to get the "mainstream" Dems to live up to their supposed mainstream-ness and start working on infrastructure projects that they'll hardly be able to oppose, as Trump will hang the blame for any "government shutdowns" or obstruction around their necks.

10 posted on 11/07/2018 10:25:04 AM PST by AustinBill (consequence is what makes our choices real)
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The RINOs in the House were not “spineless”, but adversarial towards the agenda that they got elected on.

And the entire Democratic Party is moonbatty, with some less so than others.

11 posted on 11/07/2018 10:28:46 AM PST by Olog-hai ("No Republican, no matter how liberal, is going to woo a Democratic vote." -- Ronald Reagan, 1960)
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