The Continental Divide

2DAE690D-23F7-43BD-A08C-8F1E1D04FCCEAmerica continues to be a nation divided, and with yesterday’s midterm elections, it now has a Congress divided.

The good news is that, despite gerrymandering that heavily favors Republican candidates in GOP-controlled states, voter suppression efforts, and a series of “glitches” with voting machines, Democrats have regained control of the US House of Representatives, a body that more closely reflects the will of the American people.

But Republicans strengthened their thin majority in the US Senate. For the record, Democratic Senatorial candidates across the board amassed about nine million more votes than did Republican candidates, but because there are more red states than blue ones, and because, with the exception of states like Texas and Florida, most Republican strongholds are more rural states, Republicans held the Senate.

Of course, our demented, clueless president, in another delusional tweet, has claimed victory in “this great Midterm Election,” and calls anything that contradicts his assessment “FAKE NEWS.”C0F69BD4-2741-4685-A3A1-96A3668DC9D9So it wasn’t the “blue tsunami” many Democrats were hoping for, but at least the Republican stranglehold in Congress has been busted.

Unfortunately, confirming nominations for the Supreme Court and other federal judgeships is exclusively the purview of the Senate, so we can expect a continued movement to the far right with respect to the judiciary.

That said, I’m hoping that the Democratic House will impose some checks and balances on Donald Trump, will be more aggressive when it comes to supporting Mueller in his investigations to the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between Trump and Russia, and will take steps to insure future election integrity, will protect healthcare, Medicare, Social Security, women’s reproductive rights, LGBT rights, and will restore critical environmental protections.

In other words, I’m cautiously optimistic.

18 thoughts on “The Continental Divide

  1. newepicauthor November 7, 2018 / 8:11 am

    I heard that the new Ways and Means committee will want Trump to finally release his taxes.

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  2. Paula Light November 7, 2018 / 11:04 am

    We got rid of Rohrabacher down here in the 48th, which was a huge win!

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  3. MainelyButch November 7, 2018 / 2:08 pm

    I couldn’t sleep…got up at 2:30am to see the results that were in at that time. My state, Maine, went Dem all the way. We have one Rep. Sen Susan Collins, who’s up for reelection in 2020 and hoping to vote her out as well. It was an exhausting election process…2020 is going to be hard, and we must start that fight tomorrow!!! ~ MB

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    • Fandango November 7, 2018 / 3:00 pm

      I wholeheartedly agree. We need to turn things around…assuming that there will be another election in two years.

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  4. Melanie B Cee November 7, 2018 / 2:13 pm

    I didn’t dare look, thanks for doing so for me. *phew* …at least it’s a START!

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    • Fandango November 7, 2018 / 10:23 pm

      Because he somehow has the Republican-controlled Congress to look the other way as Trump fiddles while America is burning.

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  5. pgraysurvival November 8, 2018 / 10:13 am

    It’s been fun to watch from the UK.
    The most ‘technologically advanced’ (according to POTUS) country in the world with the most faulty voting machinery in the world.

    Thank gawd we get to use high tech pencils to make our marks.

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