There definitely was no “blue wave” sited in the 2018 Midterm election results last night, although, at last count, the Democrats did pick-up 26 seats in the House of Representatives and regained control there. They needed at least 23 to accomplish this.
Regarding the Senate, I think you would have to say that there was a bit of a “red wave” siting. The Republicans not only did not lose seats, but at last count, they managed to pick-up 3 seats, and that number will likely end up being 4 or even 5.
To put this performance by the Republicans in perspective, let’s look at the results of the midterm election, after President Obama’s first two years, in 2010.
In the midterm of election of 2010, the Democrat Party suffered massive defeats in many national and state level elections, with many seats switching to Republican Party control. Although the President’s party usually loses congressional, statewide and local seats in midterm elections, the 2010 midterm election season featured some of the biggest losses since the Great Depression. The Republican Party gained 63 seats in the House of Representatives, recapturing the majority, and making it the largest seat change since 1948 and the largest for any midterm election since the 1938 midterm elections. The Republicans also gained 6 seats in the U.S. Senate.
So, overall, I think the Republicans can fairly say this election was quite successful, while the Democrats should feel like it was a bit disappointing, even though they managed to regain control of The House.
In my estimation, the “biggest losers” of the midterm elections were the Obamas, Hollywood celebrities in general and these major democrat contributors.
Despite numerous appearances in Georgia and Florida by Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and others, both states were swept by the Republicans.
Barack Obama fancies himself as the most popular president of all time, and Michelle thinks she is some uncontested “voice of reason” in America. They have obviously overestimated their popularity and influence. During Barack’s last appearances, he looked like he was rode hard and put away wet, and his voice sounded like he looked.
President Trump, on the other hand, worked tirelessly over that last month, and his popularity and energy definitely did make a big difference for races with national implications, like those in the Senate and various governorships.
Apparently most Americans are not buying that President Trump is the incarnation of evil that democrats and the “biased, liberal, fake news media” would have us believe.
Pop Singer Taylor Swift’s support was rebuked in the Tennessee Senate race, and Beto O’Rourke could not buy the Senate seat in Texas. Over $70 million was spent in the Texas Senate race, making it the most expensive in U.S. history. Between Texas, Georgia and Florida alone, these rich democrat investors wasted over $150 million of their money on their preferred candidates.
In the end, the Democrats won and the Republicans won.
The Republicans’ win was just a little more impressive.
President Trump’s rally song, by The Rolling Stones, is pretty apropos here.
“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need.”
In 2018, both parties got what they needed, but not all that they wanted.
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