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Here are a few short musings for my faithful readers as we approach the end of the year:
The Democrats won the mid-term elections; they took back the House of Representatives. They’ll have the power to launch endless investigations, consider impeaching President Trump, and block his agenda whenever they want. With Republicans having a bigger Senate advantage, we’re guaranteed two years of partisan gridlock in Washington.
US - Senate - Majority - President - Trump
With an increased U.S. Senate majority, President Trump will be able to appoint and confirm conservative judges to key court positions. If any other Supreme Court Justices leave or pass away, he’ll solidify the conservative majority impacting the court for decades. This remains a critical thorn in the side of the left who have used courts to move forward their liberal agenda. They’ll count on the Ninth Circuit Court in California to make their case, but they’ll just be reversed by the Supreme Court.
President Trump may need to improve his communication style to secure a second term. His abrasive confrontations, aggressive tweets, and egotistical bragging have turned off many independents and some suburban women. GOP politicians have the challenge of furthering his agenda while having difficulty defending his aggressive actions. It’s clear that Trump’s behavior contributed to the Democrats’ success; anti-Trump campaign messages brought liberals out in record numbers. If he doesn’t find a way to disagree without being quite so disagreeable, even if he wins, he may lose the Senate in 2020.
Democrats - Challenges—who - Presidential - Candidate - Republicans
Democrats have their own challenges—who will surface as their 2020 Presidential candidate? Like Republicans in 2016, there may be twenty candidates trying to be liberal enough for the left and deceptively moderate enough for the independents. Their candidate may have so many primary wounds that Trump might still win.
The partisan divide will widen in 2019. Neither side will have control. Supporters will focus on...
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