Democrats Control House, as Republicans Hold Senate
The mid-term elections wrapped with the Democrats capturing control of the House of Representatives, dealing a veto-wielding blow to Trump. In return, he scored a hefty win in strengthening his clutch over the Senate. With control of the Senate, he is empowered to continue the conservative movement, from getting judges confirmed to receiving endorsements for Cabinet nominees that align with his agenda, including attorney general and defense secretary posts. Along with this, the election results bring mind-numbing chatter that Trump is well positioned for 2020, as well as enthusiasm over the emergence of a strong Democrat challenger, Beto O’Rourke.
Resignation…Er “Sort of”
The shake-up has already begun. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was forced out, providing his resignation (at Trump’s request). President Trump has named Matthew Whitaker as interim attorney general. Mr. Whitaker would be in a position to hinder or undermine the investigation. There is no doubt that this trade-in clearly benefits Trump because Whitaker has no plans of recusing himself from the Russian probe and would move to quash a subpoena for Trump to testify. This should unfold like a Netflix docu-drama. As to other cabinet members, long-standing Jim Mattis’s fate appears to be trending in the same direction as Mr. Sesssions. President Trump has already set an exit-tone for this long-standing cabinet member, coining him a “sort of Democrat” on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” noting that “he may leave.” More to come, obviously.
Impeachment or Infrastructure
Taking the Bi-Partisan Road
With Democratic control of the House, there is a higher likelihood of impeachment proceedings, but it does not seem imminent. The possibility of unseating President Trump really depends on evidence from Mueller. It seems unlikely that Democrats will expend resources on an impeachment at this point. President Trump asserts that funding infrastructure is the best way to go. Here lies the less obstructed path.
It would be possible to pass infrastructure legislation because Infrastructure is one of the few areas of potential partnership between Democrats and Republicans, with members of both parties calling for improvements to America’s sewers, bridges, roads, and airports. The tolls and fees would certainly be an issue for Democrats. It is difficult to say how the two parties will sort out the matter of privatization. If DeFazio becomes chairman of the House Transporation and Infrastructure Committee he would challenge Trump’s private-sector investment plan and advocate for government-backed funding.
An Election of Firsts
Diversity Appears in Congress, Finally
1. Jared Polis was elected in Colorado and will be the country’s first openly gay governor, along with his partner, the “first, first man”.
2. Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party will become the first Muslim women in Congress.
3. Democrats Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland became the first Native American women elected to Congress.
4. Ocasio-Cortez, 29, became the youngest woman in history to be elected to Congress.
Did I miss anything?