Trump actually did way better than Obama in his first midterm


The president countered that Democrats can choose to work on issues together, or they can pursue their lengthy list of investigations against the administration, but they cannot do both.

Democrats would dispute that on the basis of their gains in the House - a tally that is not final yet, but seems likely to fall near 35 seats.

That probably avoids a burn-it-to-the-ground situation where Democratic voters, totally disillusioned with the ability of the current crop of officeholders, turn to a complete outsider for salvation (think Oprah or businessman Marc Cuban).

The same held true for the Senate campaign of Beto O'Rourke, whose inspiring race in Texas came within less than 3 percent of toppling the extreme right-wing incumbent Ted Cruz.

"This victory is not about me: it is about this community". Where we can not, we must stand our ground. He lost the state by half a percentage point.

Get the latest news and thought-provoking analysis from Truthout. "And politicians have learned to tap into them". A lot of the moderates have been cleared out by past elections - they weren't there to be cleared out this time. The polls suggest a more nuanced response from the voters.

By Labor Day, Republicans were fatally unprepared for an onslaught of Democratic campaign spending that overwhelmed their candidates from South Florida to Seattle. However, the party leadership, with the celebration of the media, often positions itself on the far left. But in the general election, where Republican base voters weren't the only ones deciding the outcome, Trump's scorecard is mixed, with 50 wins, 34 losses and 7races not yet decided (at the time of this writing). Although habitually bashed by Fox News and other right-wing outlets as an ultra-liberal villain, Pelosi has declared allegiance to fiscal centrism and ongoing militarism that forecloses implementing a progressive political agenda. LePage governed largely by mobilizing the House minority Republican caucus to sustain a record number of 642 vetoes - more than all other ME governors combined going back to 1917 and 80 times as many as his predecessor, Baldacci. He can now wait for the Democrats to come to him for votes on legislative proposals. He wrote: "The issues of America's rising inequality and frayed social contract - including stagnant wages, unaffordable college, and exorbitant health care can only be fixed with major new investments".

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Trump's statement comes after House Intelligence Committee member Eric Swalwell said at NBC's Today Show earlier in the day that Democrats in the US House of Representatives planned to conduct investigations of President Donald Trump that Republicans did not want to carry out, once they take over in January of 2019.

Pelosi, who is likely to return as House speaker despite opposition from some centrist Democrats, promised that the party will serve as a counterweight - but also work with Trump.

Tuesday's midterm elections have done more than surge Democrats into a respectable House majority: It also wiped out a large chunk of Republicans' support in suburban strongholds, portending a significant shift in the political alignment of white suburbanites in the Trump era. "I think we can just barely even understand the doors that will open up for everyone". But it is far more popular inside the Beltway than it is among working-class voters. He was quick to distance himself from losing GOP House members who had been critical of his heated rhetoric, citing Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo and Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman, among others.

All four of those newcomers to Capitol Hill will help to swell the ranks of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which already includes almost 80 members of the House. Democrats have represented no more than a quarter of rural districts ever since. That will only change to the extent that grassroots progressives develop and wield real electoral power.

Over the last two years there was always this sense that while the president's thunderous championing of white nationalism and anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies was hurting him in the heavily Mexican-American parts of the southwestern United States, it was the key to unlock the Rustbelt and Midwest - the part of the country seen as the one which gave him the presidency.

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