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Democrats Win Back Control of House, Republicans Will Hold Senate

By: dayan (M) |Time : November 07, 2018, 07:21:56 AM
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WASHINGTON — Democrats are projected to win back control of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, with voters sending a message that they want a check on Donald Trump’s presidency.

The dynamics in Washington will change considerably with the blue tide, as Democrats will have subpoena power. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is poised to become chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, which has been investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Republicans have plenty of reason to celebrate, though. They will retain control of the Senate and are likely to gain seats, and also won governorships in Florida and Ohio.

The Democratic victory also means the potential return of Nancy Pelosi to the speakership, a post she held until the party lost a majority in 2010.

“Thanks to you, tomorrow will be a new day in America,” Pelosi said at a victory event in Washington, adding that the election was about restoring “checks and balances” to government.

She said that the Democratic House will be led with “transparency and openness.”

The news was a sigh of relief for progressives and a number of so-called never-Trump conservatives, including such well-known figures as Steve Schmidt and Max Boot, who urged voters to cast their ballots for Democrats to curb Democratic excesses.

Pelosi’s return to the speakership is likely but not assured, as some of the House candidates running in Trump-won districts tried to distance themselves from her leadership.

The expectation is that Democrats will bring a new level of oversight and investigation of the Trump administration, but many of the candidates ran on issues like healthcare and immigration.

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Re: Democrats Win Back Control of House, Republicans Will Hold Senate

By: dayan (M) |Time : November 07, 2018, 07:30:15 AM
This is a good development because the United States is built exactly on this principle of checks and balances and separation of powers.
Whenever power converges to the control by one party, abuse and neglect of voters creep in.

But the democrats should watch it this time, because if they continue as they did in the past, the control won't last long. In the past it was as if the Democratic party was walking on eggshells and even distanced themselves from the values that made them Democrats, thereby alienating their own voters.

I mean why would a democrat voter go to vote when the difference between the two parties isn't clear?

Democrats should remain Democrats, while Republicans should remain themselves too. Let the voters decide which party they want to vote for in each election cycle, depending on the prevailing political and economic circumstances of the country.

Meanwhile I think that the Democrats need to change Nancy Pelosi and bring in a leader who is more politically astute, and hopefully younger. It may not happen though. 

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