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MID-TERM ELECTION ANALYSIS 2018

As predicted, the Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives but the much-touted “blue wave” of Democratic wins failed to gain them a majority in the more powerful Senate. That means that the Democrats can use their investigative and subpoena power to harass Trump incessantly, including a possible impeachment charge, but they will be unable to get a conviction. In contrast, Republicans will be able to continue confirming judges and Trump appointees, and restraining acceptance of unwise international treaties. Trump also has the potential to cut short Mueller’s Russia collusion witch hunt by confirming a new Attorney General who will finally stop Rod Rosentein’s anti-Trump, Deep State agenda. Unfortunately, considering Trump’s poor track record, he may unknowingly pick another Deep State official who will find a way to postpone action against Mueller. In the bigger picture, the 2018 midterm elections were, to some extent, even more contentious than the 2016 election, where Trump upset the Democrats in what they thought would be a sure victory for Hillary Clinton. Since then, both sides have become hardened in their positions as the media maintains a constant drumbeat of attack against the president and vocal conservatives push back against the onslaught. We now have a rigid political divide that will never be healed and which currently approaches a 50-50 standoff in many “battleground states” that aren’t totally red or blue. Thus, it’s not surprising that there are 3 senate races and 14 house races that are still too close to call in areas that used to be solidly Republican. To receive a one-time free sample copy of the brief, email us at editor at worldaffairsbrief.com

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