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Split decision: Democrats and Republicans claim victory

by Harvest Prude
Posted 11/07/18, 01:15 am

With Democrats projected to retake the House of Representatives and Republicans maintaining a majority in the Senate, both parties claimed a partial victory early Wednesday in the first nationwide election since President Donald Trump took office.

Republicans pointed to wins in Senate contests in Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas as proof that a potential Democratic blue wave had sputtered dry. But Democrats are calling the capturing of the 23 seats needed for a House majority a clear rebuke to the president’s performance.

Midterm elections typically see less media buzz and lower voter engagement, but this year, both parties pulled out all the stops in an effort to fire up their respective bases. Trump took a hard line on immigration while GOP candidates focused on a roaring economy. Democrats predicted dire consequences to healthcare should a Republican supermajority remain intact, and their message resonated with suburban voters, who helped flip districts in Colorado, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington.

The split Congress is sure to set up a host of obstacles the Trump administration has so far avoided with a Republican supermajority. An opposition-controlled House is almost certain to trigger a string of investigations of the president and his administration. Democrats will wield oversight capabilities to call for Trump’s tax returns, issue subpoenas, and open probes into alleged corruption.

A split Congress also sets up a more difficult legislative path for Trump’s agenda. Democrats can block any major legislative initiatives such as securing funding for a border wall or repealing Obamacare.

The last time Congress had a Republican majority in the Senate and a Democratic majority in the House was during the Reagan administration.

While the president reportedly called House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to congratulate her on her party’s victory, he later raved over the night’s mixed verdict on Twitter, “Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!”

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute and a reporter for WORLD.

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  • AlanE
    Posted: Wed, 11/07/2018 11:06 am

    Until we can persuade both parties to value service more and power less, the election is a net loss for all of us.

  • news2me
    Posted: Wed, 11/07/2018 11:43 am


  • news2me
    Posted: Wed, 11/07/2018 11:57 am

    It puzzles me that people running as Independents just seem to be Democrats. Are they supported by the Dem. party so they can draw as many votes away from Rep. as possible? 

    I'm registered as an Independent because I have a difficult time liking the "Republican" politicians in the DC swamp which I hartily include McCain. But I'd rather die than vote for a Democrat which definitely means a vote for abortion. It made me gag when I learned people in the "community" church I was a member of were staunch Dems. One lady even taught our daughter in Sunday School. It is VERY difficult for me to stomach someone who says they are a Christian who is ok with killing babies. The Bible says we know. Those "Christians" who voted for Obama because he said he was a Christian should have known. All the signs were there. You can say that only God knows, but the Bible says you will know them by their fruit. 

  • not silent
    Posted: Wed, 11/07/2018 03:00 pm

     I have many friends who would never vote for "the other party"; however, I prefer to look at each candidate and consider his or her platform and character before choosing automatically based on party affiliation.  My position has come about after many elections, but there are two in particular that stand out.  In one of them, a relatively local election, the republican was somewhat vague about his platform; and he also had recent offenses on record for domestic violence and drunken driving.  There were also questions about possible financial issues.  He seemed to me to be a scandal waiting to happen.  The democrat was the incumbent and had been fairly moderate in previous terms.

    In another race, the republican had faced possible corruption charges; and, although he was not found guilty, there was still a cloud over him.  Despite my misgivings, I voted for him because of his pro-life platform.  I regretted it almost immediately.  Although he was not too bad overall, he did not manage to advance rights for the unborn; and there were additional questions about possible shady financial dealings while he was in office. 

    After that, I swore never to vote against my conscience.  I make it my business to find out as much about the candidates as possible, and I NEVER vote for someone just because they are the "lesser of two evils."  There are usually many issues at stake, not just one.  The rights of the unborn are very important to me-in fact, I volunteered for a crisis pregnancy center-but they aren't the only important issue.  If I feel like I will have to hold my nose to vote for someone, I find another candidate.  A corrupt candidate may not last in office; and, even if they do, how can I be sure they will do what they said they would do?  To those who argue that my vote might be "wasted," I hear where you are coming from. However, at least in my case, I feel that argument is often used to pressure me to "go with the flow" instead of letting me make up my own mind.  As long as we accept and support substandard candidates, nothing will change; but we can use our collective votes to MAKE changes.  There have been numerous examples in history where an unlikely candidate was elected.  Even if my candidate DOESN'T win, I don't feel that my vote was wasted if my conscience is clear.

    Not everyone will agree with me, and that's okay. There are very smart people who disagree with me on various issues. Thank God, we have FREEDOM to disagree!

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 11/07/2018 12:41 pm

    First of all, term limits might help. 

    Second, News2me, I’m 100% with you on not voting for anyone with a D by their name. Their longtime support for abortion is my reason too. 

    And finally, despite the crowing of Obama, Pelosi, etc, there definitely was no “blue wave.” In the midterms in Obama's first term, the Republicans gained 63–SIXTY-THREE—seats in the House, and 6 in the Senate. THAT WAS A WAVE!!  Also very large gains across the Nation in state races. Look it up:  Google United States Elections—2010.

    And a side note on that 2010 election: ask a Democrat WHY the 2010 elections gave the Republicans such huge wins, and very likely you will be given a one-word answer. “Racism.”  That is their all-purpose answer to everything that does not go their way, and I, for one, am sick and tired of constantly being called a racist. 

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Wed, 11/07/2018 04:55 pm

    I will not vote for anyone that is pro abortion. That rules out virtually all Democrats. All the other issues and all the other concerns are back seat when it comes to how we deal with the unborn - who were created in the image of God.

  • not silent
    Posted: Thu, 11/08/2018 01:16 am

    Respectfully to all who are commenting: While I greatly value the rights of the unborn-so much that i volunteered at a crisis preganancy center for a few years before going back to work-I believe that ALL others on this planet, who were also created in the image of God, matter just as much.  These include the poor, the mentally ill, students, and people of all races and religions.  What will God say about us if we only care about the unborn but ignore all others who were created in his image?

    Ultimately the only thing that matters is what GOD says.  According to Ezekiel 16:49-50 (ESV): "Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy.  They were haughty and did an abomination before me. So I removed them, when I saw it." 

    According to Luke 10: "And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"  He said to him, "What is written in the Law?  How do you read it?"  And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength, and your neighbor as yourself."  And he said to him, "You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live." (Luke 10:25-28 ESV) We all know the rest of the story-he asked who his neighbor was, and Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan.  Then Jesus asked, "Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?"  He said, "The one who showed him mercy."  And Jesus said to him, "You go, and do likewise." (Luke 10:36-37 ESV)

    There's the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20 (ESV), which was essentially the last command of Jesus: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you..."

    And there's this: "Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven."' (Matthew 19:14 ESV)

    It is obvious that Jesus cares a great deal about children, and I believe he grieves for the unborn who are killed.  If anyone can share a verse that says the unborn are the most important people in God's eyes, then I will agree that all other issues should take a back seat.  Otherwise, I will continue to believe that there are many other issues that are also important to God, including those that affect children (and adults) who have already been born.

  • Laura W
    Posted: Fri, 11/09/2018 04:47 am

    Not silent, I see your point, but so far there are few who advocate killing those in other vulnerable groups (though euthenasia is a growing concern, and is also an important issue for most who consider themselves pro-life). And since killing somone is argueably the biggest possible violation of their rights and failure to care for them, I don't see any inconsistancy with looking at the issue of abortion first. Of course God expects us to care for and protect all our neighbors, but I think we can also conclude that he wants us to prioritize those who are most vulnerable and most in danger (instructions to give special consideration to the widow, orphan, foreigner, etc.).

  • JerryM
    Posted: Thu, 11/08/2018 05:14 am

    May I strongly suggest an article on how the Democrats and Republicans fared in a context where most of the media, Hollywood celebrities, big-tech and left-wing billionaires all backed one side.  I know Republicans have their own billionaire backers but wonder whether the money from the left was more?  Record-breaking?  Certainly an environment where most of the media establishment backs Democrats is significant.  What would the outcome have been if there were more balance?