My first take on the American election result

I spent the afternoon in the company of like-minded friends watching the results and these are my first thoughts.

There has been a shift in the momentum away from the #NeverTrump and the Democrats so that there is a clearer ideological path that has been opened for Trump and what he represents. The Democrats have taken the House but for them it will be a double-edged sword. They will be able to make massive nuisances of themselves, and get in the way of the kinds of things PDT wants to do. They will be like a hundred Muellers that will throw their poisoned darts at what has been shown to be an active and very much alive force for the salvation of the American way of life, and our own way of life as well. They will have the forum available to them to create damage and harm, but they will also be dealing with someone who knows how to create damage and harm to them.

The media will go on as before, but the novelty of their stupidity and negativism will now be met with a renewed will to resist. The Democrats lost every close contest that mattered, and while some of their more vile members made it through, they have taken a pounding. A party whose most visible relic is Nancy Pelosi, and for whom the new wave consists of far-left fools like Occasio-Cortez, will find it hard to take the actual policy fight up to Donald Trump. The Democrats have nothing to offer other than protection for abortion rights and a life of empty poverty for their welfare-dependent constituency. It is a story that has already gone cold and will look colder still in two years’ time.

It is all in all a disappointing result since it is hard to break through against the entrenched socialist-welfare mentality of the left and their media phalanx. Money-for-nothing is a vote winner for many, but if Trump works out how to explain to those who are footing the bill for these astonishingly expensive forms of government outlay, there is a real possibility that a new coalition of the productive and self-reliant might emerge. That is the hope everywhere. I am not optimistic that our way of life will survive the treasonous efforts of the left, but I at least see a way forward that has been etched out by the election result in the US.

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81 Responses to My first take on the American election result

  1. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    I am not optimistic that our way of life will survive the treasonous efforts of the left, but I at least see a way forward that has been etched out by the election result in the US.

    and how treasonous and toxic it is

  2. rickw

    I am not optimistic that our way of life will survive the treasonous efforts of the left, but I at least see a way forward that has been etched out by the election result in the US.

    Trump getting in was a near run thing, it’s going to be a near run thing from here on.

    There’s decades of indoctrination, welfarism and targeted immigration to be fought against.

  3. Infidel Tiger

    The result tells me that Americans are pretty smart and the system the Founding Fathers gave them is brilliant.

  4. mh

    Looks a safe prediction of 55-45 GOP Senate.

    Much better than 51-49

  5. TBH

    I’m with IT on this one. Gridlock in Congress is not a bad thing and their system is actually well constructed for the most part. It makes the assumption that there will be overreach by one or more arms of government and puts some checks and balances into it. Let’s hope we see the same in the OZ parliament next year.

  6. Cat

    I am in a more optimistic frame of mind about it. I don’t think the House was ever the target – the Senate was and GOP have held it, and beyond all precedent have increased their majority.

    Trump is waaayy ahead of them all. The budget for 2019 has already been funded so there is one area the Dims cannot hold hostage, the wall has been funded with B700 this year and B716 next year so there is another area removed from the Dims damage. All the important investigations have now moved from House oversight to the Senate, so the Dims can’t affect any of that. Watch where Gowdy and Goodlatte now appear after their resignations from committees…

    Senate trumps (pun intended) the House so any little investigations they think they can start to obfuscate the agenda will remain just that – little.

    Last but not least, the House terms are only 2 years, the Senate terms are 6 years with elections every 2 years for only a third of the Senate. Judicial confirmations and Cabinet are safe.

    Reminds me of a House of Cards.

  7. Cat

    Oh and watch all the declassifications come out now in a rush. All the Dims can do there is watch in horror as they don’t take their seats til January.

  8. Natural Instinct

    U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., was projected to easily defeat former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen in the state’s closely watched U.S. Senate race Tuesday night, tightening the GOP’s hold on the upper chamber of Congress.
    The race made headlines in the entertainment world last month when pop singer Taylor Swift endorsed Bredesen, but speculation of a “Taylor Swift effect” that would motivate young voters to tip the race to the Democrat proved unfounded.

    MikeCyborg comment

    Thank You Taylor!! Since the huge majority of Americans are like Taylor with a net worth of more than $400 million and 24/7 armed security I still don’t understand why voters didn’t follow her recommendation? We have so much in common with her. What happened?

  9. Muddy

    to be fought against.

    The ‘right’ doesn’t fight.
    Let’s be honest here.
    We cross our fingers and hope for the opposition to shoot themselves, preferably in a public and entertaining manner.
    Or we pray for a saviour.

    That will not be a popular comment, I know. But how did we get here?

    Too much abstract cognitive activity. Too little (or no) cheese-grater to the genitals. Metaphorically, of course.
    If we had no Trump; if we cannot find an Abbott MarkII (new & improved, with extra chainsaw sounds!), who do we have? What do we have? Only ourselves?

    Echoes.

    Apathy emasculates.
    Too late?

  10. Steve trickler

    Another snapshot in time.

    The music at 4:35.

    Very fitting. In 100 years time the equivalent footage will be 4K / HD. Virtual reality headsets.



  11. Steve trickler

    OOPS.

    Wrong thread.

  12. Yet across the gulf of space at Bob Mueller’s place, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded Donald Trump with righteous eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against him.

  13. I am bespoke

    . Gridlock in Congress is not a bad thing and their system is actually well constructed for the most part. It makes the assumption that there will be overreach by one or more arms of government and puts some checks and balances into it. Let’s hope we see the same in the OZ parliament next year.

    I been reading that for years and usually after a lose yet it hasn’t slowed the progressive march.

  14. Bruce of Newcastle

    This is a useful article to get an overall picture of the election:

    Midterms 2018: Incumbents ousted by opposition

    It’s a list of all the incumbents who lost – mostly in the House. The feel I get is that blue state Republicans were the main losers. It looks like a creeping expansion of blue state lefty areas with very few seats flipped elsewhere. One of the threads seems to be a dislike of Trump’s policy of reducing public sector wukkas benefits – that played badly in the bits of Virginia not far from DC.

    The US does seem to be increasingly two separate nations.

  15. calli

    H. G. Wells.

    A comparison to those horrid tripod creatures? Harsh, but fair.

  16. calli

    They bit the dust in the end.

  17. Texas Jack

    Just like here, the country is split between the Green-Left leaning inner urban vote and regional and rural. The difference is Trump couldn’t give a rats arse about winning New York, piled high with people he can mock for electoral gain, whereas the Coalition here obsess over seats like Wentworth and fear losing the gay vote.

  18. md

    Would anyone care to speculate as to why the GOP did so well in the Senate? Were voters switched on enough to understand how important it is for Trump to retain control of judicial appointments?

  19. Nob

    Two senators per state, regardless of population.

  20. md

    With the Dems controlling the house, are the deep state operatives in the administration now safe from prosecution?

  21. iain russell

    To follow up Bruce of N’s comment – Australia is similarly divided between bloated bureaucrats at all levels and tax paying workers.

  22. Vlad

    If divide and rule is the modus operandi…. then what must obviously follow is a separation of the ruled. Result: Two nations living in disharmony.
    Those that rule are above the shit of disharmony…. unless you lop a few heads off the top poppies.

    Trump appeared to be an exception with a true understanding of the forces involved so as to even out the playing field…

    Australia being on the very same trajectory with the divide and rule camp…but minus a Trump

  23. Herodotus

    Monst might not be Yeats, but he’s certainly a rough beast slouching towards the socialist Jerusalem.

  24. John Comnenus

    My thoughts on this result aren’t mixed, they are negative.

    Domestically there will now never be enforcement of immigration on the southern border, nor a change to birth right citizenship that excludes the children of illegal immigrants. The GOP missed their one window of opportunity because Ryan and McConnell and other never Trumpers refused to act in Congress. Consequently immigration will continue to slowly but surely achieve Ted Kennedy’s mission of replacing the American electorate with one that will reliably vote Democrat regardless.

    Likewise with fiscal rectitude. Can anyone see Pelosi and Waters passing a balanced budget? No, it will be a steady mix of more social justice warrior spending followed by slow tax increases and ever more regulation. The Global Warmers will be rejoicing and Sen Manchin can get back to shutting down his States coal industry.

    And just to prove the point Minnesota voted in Credibly accused wife beater Kieth Ellison just a few days after his mentor, Louis Farrakhan, led the obligatory Death to America chants in Iran and voted for a woman to who married her brother. No amount of Democrat candidate depravity is enough to gain media attention of it or Democrat willingness to ignore it. This will get worse as the America we all grew up with recedes into the background and is replaced by a more left wing alternative.

    Trump may well be the last ever Republican President as the USA slips into a California Euro like slumber of increasingly left wing only consensus politics.

    Externally countries like China and Iran will take heart and push back against America and the West. This is bad news for all of us and for those stupid rust belt workers Trumps trade policies saved but who voted in Democrats who prefer to give globalists preferential trade deals at the expense of America. The oil dependent economies of the Middle East and especially Putin will be breaking out the champagne as Trump’s drive to continue to make America a carbon energy super power splutters as the Democrats bring in a range of environmental regulations designed to kill off coal, gas, oil and fracking businesses.

    Trump’s America had a two year window that was held shut by never Trumper congressional and Senate GOP members. That window ain’t reopening. There will never be a wall and never be fiscal control in America. The long term prognosis is bad for America, the World and us.

  25. rickw

    You’re Yeats now, Monst?

    New handler.

  26. John Comnenus

    How Trump might win.

    The Democrat – DOJ and Intelligence Community coup against Trump is now a very serious threat to Trump. Trump must get this sorted as his highest priority.

    Today Trump must fire Sessions who was easily the worst viallain of all the never Trumpers, a man who would rather see corruption flourish and a coup succeed, than take any interest in doing his job. Trump must terminate Sessions immediately and nominate a tough new AG immediately. This AG must have no connection to his 2016 campaign and be a cleanskin so that Mueller, Rosenstein and the Democrats House Committees led by Schiff, Nadler and Waters can have no reason to force recusal. Perhaps Andy McArthy is the sort of choice he needs to make.

    The nomination of the new AG must strike terror into the heart of Mueller and the Deep State so that the Special Counsel winds up immediately rather than drag on for another two years and be supervised by an effective AG. The new AG must immediately announce a Special Counsel into the Coup and Trump must declassify and make public all the relevant docs before the new House Committees take over.

    The new SC must look at all interference in the 2016 election by foreign powers including Australia.

    This will allow Trump to create the true narrative of how vicious Democrat partisans would make deals with America’s enemies to undermine Trump and America. That might just squeak out a second term Trump term. But alas, I doubt it.

    With the result last night I doubt Trump gets a second term without an extraordinary development that shocks the public before the Democrats can bury what remains of his first term. Over the next two years more older, whiter, Christian Americans will die and be replaced by more activist, younger, left leaning and virulently anti traditional American citizens who will vote Trump out even if it means making themselves worse off. If you think that is too far fetched just look at the rapidity of the post Reagan transition of California from GOP stronghold to a one party, socialist state falling apart under the population pressures caused by he sanctuary state and city movement.

    The only way to slow down this demographic shift will be for the new AG to immediately launch action that urgently ends up in the Supreme Court that ends the sanctuary City and State movement. Let’s remember the new Californian Governor promised to give free medical care to anyone in California regardless of whether they are an American citizens or not. The California Sanctuary State could double in size in a matter of years as every sick and poor person in the world with a serious medical condition works out how to get to California for free treatment. The consequent influx of illegals before the Census will ensure that California gets many more congressional seats and power.

    The new AG must fight Sanctuary Governors and Mayors after winning in the Supreme Court including bringing criminal charges against them if they don’t comply with the law. This is the last chance and it will need a real fighting attorney general dedicated to upholding the law and, where necessary enforcing it, regardless of the political power of those breaking the law.

    I doubt such a fearless lawyer can be found in America. The way such an AG would be treated by the media, Dems and Antifa would be on a scale of vitriol unseen in American history. No one is up for this job in the face of such violence. You would need to find a single person with no family and who is almost suicidally brave for such a task.

  27. John Comnenus

    As I was writing Sessions is sacked after having achieved his purpose of enabling a coup by the Democrats. What a coward.

  28. John Comnenus

    How quickly will Trump get a new AG? I wouldn’t be letting Rosenstein resign in the interim.

  29. feelthebern

    Thank fuck.
    Sessions goooooone.

  30. sabena

    My take:the result of the mid terms is to enhance Trump’s re election prospects in 2020.

  31. Iampeter

    They will be able to make massive nuisances of themselves, and get in the way of the kinds of things PDT wants to do.

    Which is what? Pass trillion dollar spending bills, regulate trade and immigration, cowardly appeasement of every dictator you can think of, etc?
    Yea, I’m pretty sure Democrats are getting everything they want without even needing to hold much of the government.

    It is all in all a disappointing result since it is hard to break through against the entrenched socialist-welfare mentality of the left and their media phalanx.

    Especially when you yourself are an incoherent socialist leftist, as is Trump and his mindless supporters.

    Keep fighting the confused fight Steve!

  32. feelthebern

    https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2018-midterm-election-results/

    Trump lost less than half the seats the Obama & Clinton lost.
    The msm is oblivious/ignores it.
    Tony Abbott’s rout of the ALP in 2013 made Kevin 07 look like a goddam tea party.
    The msm is oblivious/ignores it.

  33. John Comnenus

    Trump should step in on the grounds of worker safety and ensure that Acosta is charged for touching (assaulting?) the female staff member and then ban him from the press gallery advising all members that the White House will not tolerate anyone endangering the safety or rights of female workers in the Whitehouse workplace.

  34. John Comnenus

    It doesn’t matter how many seats Trump lost relative to other Presidents. The fact is that all GOP States are becoming more marginal and all Dem states more entrenched. This will continue with the deliberate war on traditional American (Western) values and people who subscribe to those views are inexorably replaced through third world migration and the unending educational – social media – bureaucratic – legal – entertainment brainwashing the next generation to reject everything that came before them. Australia is on the same path, Europe, in many places is already well down tat path. Even the French police officially admit they won’t be able to reestablish French control of the no go zones revolt. That is where we are heading.

  35. John Comnenus

    Our way of life, culture and institutions are slowly vanishing before our eyes. The replacement is not an an improvement.

  36. Contrary

    WE all pray that someone soon will begin to worry about the debt acceleration of an economy that is probably running on a sugar hit. My own impression as a citizen is that neither GOP nor Democrats have any focus at all. This can’t end well.

  37. Leo G

    This will continue with the deliberate war on traditional American (Western) values and people who subscribe to those views are inexorably replaced through third world migration and the unending educational – social media – bureaucratic – legal – entertainment brainwashing the next generation to reject everything that came before them.

    Except that the Neomarxism waging the war is also based on Western values. Certainly, life, culture and institutions are slowly vanishing- but that society can hardly be replaced by its own obligate parasites.

  38. TheSenator

    The fact is that all GOP States are becoming more marginal and all Dem states more entrenched.

    Amen Amen, this is surely true.

    At 49 – wow, how did that happen – I feel pity for those 20 & 30 years younger. They / you will never know how good the West actually really was at its zenith.

  39. Tintarella di Luna

    Trump knows how to punch back at Lousy Media – does not take a step backwards

    AWFUL! African-American PBS Reporter Calls Trump a White Nationalist — Trump Calls Her a Racist!! (VIDEO)

    Donald Trump says said there a nationalists and globalists, says he loves his country and loves the world but his country comes first.

  40. P

    Paul Ryan is ostensibly a friend who can only make Trump look bad.
    Pelosi is an enemy who can only make Trump look good.

    The Morning After
    by Mark Steyn
    Steyn on America
    November 7, 2018

  41. John Comnenus

    Trump seems to be on the same page as me – and no doubt others.

    He needs to wind up Mueller immediately, Whittaker will be useful in that process. Once Mueller wound up he can declassify and release all the documents and then launch a number of investigations into all the interference in the election from foreign powers to determine what their interests were and how they pursued. Countries to investigate include:

    1. Mexico – open campaigning against Trump of Mexican pols in California
    2. UK – illegally taking money and providing in-kind support via Steele dossier and MI5 involvement
    3. Australia – Who was Alexander Downer working for and how much other support of paid workers did the ALP and any other Aust political party pay for their campaign workers to illegally work in the USA on Dem election campaigns
    4. Russia – are they funding Green activist groups in the USA and did they take money to spread lies about Trump in the Steele dossier
    5. Pakistan – what the hell where the Awan brothers doing working for all the Dems in Congress. Why were they allowed to leave the country?
    etc etc etc

    Trump needs to launch his Special Counsel investigation into all the foreign interference in the election which was all anti Trump and all funnelled through the Clintons.

    Separately he needs to launch an investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

    That should tie the Dems up in arse covering for months, but more importantly lead to serious criminal charges fairly quickly.

  42. Jo Smyth

    During the whole of the campaign President Trump made no attempt to win the House. All his campaigning was done with the intention of winning the Senate, which he achieved with more seats. The Senate is were he needs to have control regarding the judiciary, Homeland Security, the military and he has got that. He is able to carry on with the war with the internal forces and that seems to be the major plan.

  43. yarpos

    Compare and contrast with Obamas first midterm in 2010, where he lost the Dems 60 seats and declared in no big deal and certainly not a referendum on his policies.

  44. Rafe Champion

    Re Bruce of Newcastle there is a divide between red and blue states and that provides an opportunity for the Red states to demonstrate the benefits of not being Blue. Not a quick or easy message to get out given the state of the MSM but it is a good message and an important one.

    I think Greg Sheridan called correctly in The Australian, he has not been a Trump admirer but he follows the line of those on this site who see the upside of the results for Trump.

    In the world of real climate science there are signs that cooling is on the horizon, any more of that and one of the most divisive and destructive debates will tip our way. Another case that is hard to spread to the world at large but a good and important development. Trump has a top man in the Science advisory chair, Will Happer of Princeton.

  45. Rafe Champion

    More on the same theme, the climate of public opinion is moving against green lunacy, and some Rep losses are gains,

    Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida lost re-election Tuesday to his Democrat challenger, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. Climate change is a top priority for Curbelo, who has regularly criticized President Trump on several issues. Curbelo introduced legislation in July that taxes carbon emissions, the first substantive climate legislation by a Republican in a decade. The prospect of bipartisan climate policy, something many independent experts say is necessary to make substantive progress on the issue, drops significantly with Curbelo exiting Congress.

    This edition of GWPF indicates that Green Republicans did badly in the races, carbon tax and other green initiatives are going down etc etc.

  46. OldOzzie

    Democrat mid-term gains were not the telling result many hoped for

    Cameron Stewart
    Washington Correspondent

    The most significant outcome of yesterday’s mid-term elections is that a giant Democrat blue wave failed to wash over America.

    Even though the Democrats comfortably won control of the House of Representatives, the ­result was not the stinging rejection of Donald Trump’s unorthodox presidency that they had hoped for. In the Senate the ­Republicans actually increased their majority.

    The result shows many Democrats are misguided in thinking that Trump’s 2016 election win was an aberration and that he will be ­firmly rejected two years from now.

    If a national revulsion against Trump’s unique style of leadership exists, yesterday was the first and best chance for voters to show it.

    It suggests that Trump’s brand of nationalistic populism is not a temporary fad that will pass ­quickly. Rather it is a movement that may outlast Trump and recast US politics for a generation.

    Having said that, the election was not pain-free for the President. The loss of the house will undermine the effectiveness of Trump’s presidency and stymie his ability to implement his agenda over the next two years.

    To place this in its historical context, since World War II the mid-term losses for the party of the president averaged 30 points, and much more when a commander-in-chief’s popularity was less than 50 per cent, as Trump’s has been since his inauguration.

    Bill Clinton lost 54 seats in 1994 and in 2010 Barack Obama lost a whopping 63 seats, the most in a mid-term since 1946. The losses appeared to be directly related to the popularity of the president.

    Clinton had a 46 per cent ­approval rating at the time and Obama was on 45 per cent, both slightly higher than Trump’s ­approval rating, which sits in the low 40s, depending on the poll.

    Yet Trump’s mid-term losses are fewer than both Clinton’s and Obama’s.

    The mid-term outcomes were also more damaging for Clinton and Obama than for Trump ­because they lost both houses of congress, whereas Trump has saved the Senate, in part because of a favourable alignment of conservative seats that were up for election this year.

    The bad news for the President is that losing the house means that he will be subjected to a ­series of congressional committee-­initiated investigations.

    Democrats are expected to launch a raft of inquiries into Trump’s conduct. This includes a likely fresh investigation into his links with Russia, as well as a probe into his personal finances, his business interests and his tax returns.

    These investigations will generate constant headlines and sap the energy of the administration.

    Losing the house is also likely to lead to legislative gridlock for much of the next two years, given the highly partisan state of congress under Trump’s presidency.

    The Democrat-controlled house will refuse to support any ­renewed attempt to repeal Obama’s Affordable Care Act, dubbed ObamaCare. It is also ­unlikely to agree to Trump’s promise of a further 10 per cent tax cut for voters, and it is difficult to see both parties reaching ­agreement on a way to finance the President’s ambitious infrastructure plans.

    But the good news for Trump is that maintaining Republican control of the Senate still gives him the ability to make key appointments, such as Supreme Court judges.

    It also guarantees that any ­attempt by the Democrat-controlled house to impeach Trump would be blocked in the Republican-run Senate, ensuring he ­remains President.

    Trump admitted these mid-terms would be a referendum on himself. Rather than shy from this reality, he embraced it, holding ­rallies across the country where his ­endorsements of local candidates were almost an afterthought compared to his salesmanship of his own achievements.

    “You know, the mid-term elections used to be, like, boring, didn’t they?” he said at a rally last week. “Do you even remember what they were? People say mid-terms, they say, ‘What is that? What is it?’, right? Now it’s like the hottest thing.”

    Exit polls yesterday found two out of three voters said the President was a factor in their ballot.

    Trump wrote his own playbook for these mid-terms. Most presidents would have campaigned ­primarily on the unusually strong US economy, with its almost 50-year low in unemployment, 3 per cent growth, and rising wages and job numbers.

    But the President chose to promote illegal immigration above all other issues, hoping to stoke the concerns of his base and energise them to vote in the same way that he did so successfully in 2016.

    He was helped by the appearance two weeks before the poll of the 7000-strong migrant caravan slowly moving through southern Mexico towards the US border.

    But the caravan was still a long way from the US and would pose no threat ahead of the poll, if at all. So Trump had to work hard to promote the issue. He did so first by ordering 5200 US troops to the southern border, a number he then increased to up to 15,000. Although these troops are prohibited by law from detaining or deporting asylum-seekers, they can play a role in helping border agents.

    Trump then claimed he would end the process whereby a child of an illegal immigrant is auto­matically granted US citizenship. ­Although the legality of such a move, without legislation, was ­debated, Trump argued the reform was needed and would be welcomed by his base.

    And finally, in a blizzard of campaigns across the country in recent weeks, Trump stepped up his rhetoric against the caravan, warning it was filled with dan­gerous men who would threaten the safety and security of all ­Americans.

    “If you want more caravans, if you want more crime, vote Democrat,” he said in stump speeches over the past week. “They want America to be a giant sanctuary city for drug dealers, predators and bloodthirsty MS-13 killers.”

    Trump’s final campaign ad — which showed Central Americans trying to push through a gate and also showed the case of an ­undoc­umented immigrant who killed two deputy sheriffs in 2014 — was considered offensive by networks, which refused to screen it.

    These networks included not only the Left-leaning CNN and NBC but also the conservative Fox News and Fox Business Network.

    Trump’s decision to push the issue of illegal immigration so hard was a gamble. While it no doubt played well to his most loyal supporters, it ran the risk of alienating more moderate Republicans. But exit polls yesterday suggested Trump may once again have read the immigration issue better than his critics.

    The polls found that 47 per cent believe his immigration policies were too tough, while 48 per cent felt they were either about right or not tough enough.

    They also suggested the controversy over the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh largely split voters, with 48 per cent opposing his nomination and 43 per cent supporting it.

    The polls do show that the backlash against Trump was led by women.

    They suggest the rejection of the President was largely driven by female voters in the suburbs. This is the group of traditionally conservative voters who have turned against the President in a way that conservative men have not.

    According to AP VoteCast, women voted Democrat by a hefty 56 per cent to 38 per cent margin while men voted Republicans by a 48 per cent to 46 per cent margin.

    Democrats chose to campaign on Trump’s leadership style, hoping it would win over moderate Republicans, especially women.

    Prominent Democrats like former president Barack Obama urged voters to float above the rhetoric and cast their vote on Trump’s style.

    “Because while they are trying to distract you with all this stuff, they are robbing you blind. They’ll be like: Look, look, look — caravan, caravan. Then they’re giving tax cuts to their billionaire friends. Look, look, look. Whatever is the thing scary. And then they’re sabotaging your healthcare. You can’t fall for it,” Obama said.

    Democrats like Obama gambled that Trump’s take-no-­prisoners style would be a vote winner for the progressive party.

    “The character of this country is on the ballot,” Obama said. “What kind of politics we expect is on the ballot. How we conduct ourselves in public life is on the ballot. How we treat each other is on the ballot.”

    But with the US economy humming, unemployment down and new jobs being created, the desire to punish this unorthodox president was only a powerful sentiment in parts of the country. While Trump continues to polarise Americans, enough of his supporters voted to prevent the Democrats from sweeping the congress.

    While the loss of the house will cause headaches for Trump, the big picture of his presidency will not necessarily be tarnished.

    It will allow Trump to blame the Democrats, and especially their leader, Nancy Pelosi, for blocking his ability to pass legislation and implement his agenda.

    And history shows that losing at least one house of congress in the mid-terms is no impediment to re-election.

    Clinton and Obama emerged from their landslide mid-term losses with second terms. For Trump there is more upside than downside in yesterday’s result.

    Cameron Stewart is also US contributor for Sky News Australia.

    From the Comments

    Perhaps one day Cameron will be able to write the words “President Trump”. Not yet, not for a while, but perhaps one day.

  47. John Comnenus

    Apparently newly elected New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will immediately introduce a bill to address the outrageous costs of US higher education. Her bill will make the Electoral College free for all people in America regardless of race, colour, creed or citizenship status.

  48. Trump lost less than half the seats the Obama & Clinton lost.

    This is a funny talking point you lot have trotted out.

    It only highlights how big the original Obama and Clinton victories were. Trump only just fell in when he got elected. He lost less seats because he had less seats to lose. Simples.

  49. John Comnenus

    I see Huckabee Sanders has announced that Acosta’s Press Pass to the Whitehouse is suspended saying that they will not tolerate anyone touching the female staff trying to do their job. Good. Now charge him with assault.

  50. iain russell

    Now is the chance with a Dem Congress to rid the Dems of the stench of the sex crimes of Wm Clinton and the aiding and abetting of them by Hillary. Investigate now you Dems – this is the Year of the Woman and #MeToo!

  51. OldOzzie

    John Comnenus
    #2859485, posted on November 8, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    I see Huckabee Sanders has announced that Acosta’s Press Pass to the Whitehouse is suspended saying that they will not tolerate anyone touching the female staff trying to do their job. Good. Now charge him with assault.

    Bottler – Jim Acosta is soulmate of the Prancing Poodle

  52. OldOzzie

    Trump Opens Door To Declassifying Russia Docs, And His Acting Attorney General Could Be On Board

    President Trump is “very seriously” considering whether to declassify a slew of FBI and Justice Department records related to the Russia investigation, he said Wednesday. That controversial proposal, which Trump has toyed with for months, may have a backer in Matthew Whitaker, the acting attorney general.

    “Declassification, we’re looking at very seriously,” Trump told reporters in a press conference on Wednesday, just before Attorney General Jeff Sessions was forced to resign.

    Whitaker, who served as Sessions’ chief of staff, will take over as acting attorney general. In that role, he will oversee the special counsel’s investigation into Trump associates’ links to Russia. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had directed the investigation because Sessions recused himself due to contacts he had with Russians while working on the Trump campaign.

    According to Fox News’s Catherine Herridge, Whitaker has worked quietly behind the scenes in support of the push to declassify the Russia documents.

  53. OldOzzie

    BREAKING: White House Suspends Jim Acosta’s Hard Press Pass

    Here’s Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ thread on why the White House made the decision to pull Acosta’s hard press pass:

    President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration. We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern…
    — Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 8, 2018

    This conduct is absolutely unacceptable. It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter’s colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question. President Trump has given the press more access than any President in history.
    — Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 8, 2018

    Contrary to CNN’s assertions there is no greater demonstration of the President’s support for a free press than the event he held today. Only they would attack the President for not supporting a free press in the midst of him taking 68 questions from 35 different reporters...
    — Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 8, 2018

    …over the course of 1.5 hours including several from the reporter in question. The fact that CNN is proud of the way their employee behaved is not only disgusting, it‘s an example of their outrageous disregard for everyone, including young women, who work in this Administration
    — Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 8, 2018

    As a result of today’s incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice.
    — Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 8, 2018

  54. Kneel

    “…follows the line of those on this site who see the upside of the results for Trump”

    Hmmm… I wonder, how smart is Trump, really?

    It’s possible that he has:
    * deliberately made a deal “on the quiet” with RocketMan – “I will say I’m walking away, you can save the day, the media hate me anyway so who cares what they say as long as we get a good result?”
    * picked on specific countries to “force” them to be reasonable – ie, Nth/Sth Korea, Japan/China. Both pairs hate each other, but they hate PDT more. So he “picks” on his “friends”, who then gang-up with their “enemy” to “save” themselves from action Trump never intends to initiate – the only purpose was/is to get them together.

    Sure, most will say he isn’t that clever, that he’s just bumbling through. Maybe. Maybe he IS that smart. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter which as the outcome is the same, but I wonder… I do wonder.

  55. J.H.

    m0nty
    #2859481, posted on November 8, 2018 at 12:07 pm
    Trump lost less than half the seats the Obama & Clinton lost.

    This is a funny talking point you lot have trotted out.

    It only highlights how big the original Obama and Clinton victories were. Trump only just fell in when he got elected. He lost less seats because he had less seats to lose. Simples.
    ——————————————————————————————————————–
    No Monty… Those Obama midterm seats that were lost would have been decided before Obama was even a Presidential candidate six years previously…. So, not so simples.

  56. John Comnenus

    The real disaster of the election was that GOP voters dominate the mid terms – until this year. If the GOP cant win the mid terms they will increasingly have fewer opportunities as the demographic tide relentlessly works against them.

    Trump got all those blue collar workers, blacks and Hispanics their jobs back and their wages increased. They repaid Trump by ensuring he is put under relentless investigation for making these peoples lives better.

    Stupid and self defeating doesn’t even come close to explaining how dumb the voters of the rust belt who voted Democrat are.

  57. Atoms for Peace

    The PBS news clip was excellent.

  58. Ubique

    I see Huckabee Sanders has announced that Acosta’s Press Pass to the Whitehouse is suspended saying that they will not tolerate anyone touching the female staff trying to do their job. Good. Now charge him with assault.

    Acosta by name, Accoster by nature.

  59. PB

    “It is all in all a disappointing result since it is hard to break through against the entrenched socialist-welfare mentality of the left and their media phalanx”

    For mentality, substitute “demographic”. That’s the greater, disastrous truth.

    What did the Austrian woman say?? “Migrants want to live like Europeans, they just don’t want to work like Europeans”. One could easily include Black America in there.

  60. Makka

    I heard a stat that it’s only the 5th time in 105 election cycles that a sitting POTUS has increased a Senate majority. That’s some accomplishment.

    The Dems have the House but it is full of their Socialist nutters, feminist crazy cat ladies and rabid open borderites. Hopefully it will get a lot of media exposure so punters can really see the leftist lunatics who want to take control of their country.

  61. Tim Neilson

    The House of Reps under Ryan was hardly a Trump cheer squad anyway.

    They fought a scorched earth policy against funding the wall, and even if they’d kept their majority they would have found some way to continue to do the Democrats’ will.

    Pelosi’s bid for Dem House leadership includes a claim that she’s won every negotiation “so far” by which I think she means during Trump’s Presidency – and I’d say she’s right, although most of the time she was pushing against an open door.

    So I’d say not much has changed for Trump.

  62. J.H.

    Since 1906 only 3 Presidential parties have gained seats in one or both houses in the first midterm election. FDR’s Democratic party did it in 1934. Clinton’s Democratic party did it in 1998 during his impeachment, which goes to show that impeaching a President is not a popular thing to do… and Bush’s Republican party did it in 2002 after the 9/11 attacks.

    … and now Trump’s Republican party has done it in 2018. It goes to show that Donald Trump’s Presidency in no ordinary matter and he is popular enough to overturn convention and rally support.

  63. gbees

    I look forward to Trump writing a lot of executive orders to get around Democrat obstruction in the house. I also look forward to Trump declassifying the FISA documentation and firing Rod Rosenstein.

  64. Muddy

    If the conservatives in the U.S. have not begun to plan for the Post-Trump Era, even if the man stands and wins in 2020, darkness will descend once the current President steps off the stage.

    If Trump chooses not to run in 2020, America is fire-trucked. A charismatic leader such as he cannot and will not, be replaced by any beige, two-dimensional cardboard cut-out. The Dementocrats would do well to simply bide their time, minimise any damage from the ultra-left extremists, and then use one of Oprah Winfrey’s wigs to simply walk into the P.T.E. Presidency.

  65. Empire 5:5

    m0nty
    #2859246, posted on November 8, 2018 at 1:42 am
    Yet across the gulf of space at Bob Mueller’s place, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded Donald Trump with righteous eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against him.

    Probably the best comment on the thread, despite the vain hope.

    You could’ve been woken but chose to be broken.

  66. Mark A

    From the “The Jerusalem Post’

    In large numbers, American j##s are becoming the face of a Democratic resistance against US President Donald Trump by assuming critical chairmanships in the House of Representatives and preparing campaigns for the White House.

    They are voting against him in record numbers. In midterm elections on Tuesday, 79% of j##ish voters chose Democrats, according to exit polls conducted by Pew Research Center and CNN. Only 17% supported Republicans– down nearly 10% in two short, if eventful years.

    And they are getting elected. Across the country, 28 j##ish Americans were elected or reelected to the House– only two of which are Republicans– and nine to the Senate, just shy of marking record-high j##ish representation on Capitol Hill. Democrats’ sole pickup seat from Republicans in the Senate, in Nevada, was Jacky Rosen, formerly president of her synagogue congregation.

    What, if anything, does their Judaism have to do with their politics? Statistics would suggest quite a bit. A majority of American j##s have voted for progressive candidates and causes in elections since at least 1984, when record-keeping began on j##ish voter patterns, and when roughly 7 in 10 community members began reliably voting Democratic– a direct response to a Republican alignment with evangelical Christians that appeared at the time hostile to j##s and their pluralistic values.

    Those same political elements that drove j##ish Americans to the left in the 1980s are doing so, with renewed vigor, over three decades later. The j##ish constituency amounts to a loose, otherwise diverse coalition squarely opposed to policies hostile to minority protections, social welfare and equal justice.

    RTWT can’t post the link.

  67. Old School Conservative

    Best US post-midterm election sharemarket rally for 36 years.
    Ref – Sky “Your Money Live”.

    Winning whilst MAGA.

  68. Boambee John

    Rafe Champion
    #2859467, posted on November 8, 2018 at 11:37 am
    Re Bruce of Newcastle there is a divide between red and blue states and that provides an opportunity for the Red states to demonstrate the benefits of not being Blue. Not a quick or easy message to get out given the state of the MSM but it is a good message and an important one.

    The divide is clearer when studied by counties. Many of the Blue or Purple states are made that way by a couple of big cities. Looked at this way, there is a sea of red surrounding some blue islands.

    Like cutting off money to the bureaucracy, cut off the hinterland support to the blue islands for total victory.

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