To the editor:
So what are the results of the 2018 midterm elections, in which for so many months now, it had been predicted that a mighty blue wave of Donald Trump-hating Democrats would sweep away Republican control of both the House and the Senate?
In normal midterm elections, what usually occurs is that the party out of power picks up about 30 House seats and several Senate seats. In 2010, the first midterm election after Barack Obama became president, a real red wave tsunami occurred in which the Republicans not only picked up a record 63 House seats to gain control there, but also amazingly picked up six seats to gain control of the Senate.
So what did actually occur this time?
First, the Democrats did pick up a normal amount of seats, and will now control the House of Representatives, which means they can thus block President Trump from achieving any of his legislative goals. In addition, since they control the various committees, the Democrats can hold hearings, issue subpoenas and pursue investigations.
They also have the power to impeach the president, which will only result in an overwhelming victory for Mr. Trump in the 2020 presidential election.
In the Senate, however, not only did the Republicans retain control, but actually added (at the time this letter was written) one or more seats to add to the 51 they already had, thus giving them a much more comfortable majority. In addition, President Trump no longer has to deal with “No Trumpers” like Sens. Jeff Flake and Bob Corker, who both retired, and the late John McCain.
This increased majority also now enables the president not to be held hostage by the demands of Susan Collins and “RINO” Lisa Murkowski, the only Republican senator to vote against the confirmation of Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Trump now has absolute control of the Senate!
Why is holding and increasing the Republican majority in the Senate a very big deal? For two reasons, both which deal with the advice and consent powers of the Senate.
First, the president’s political appointments throughout the executive branch cannot be blocked and will be approved. Second, and more importantly, all his conservative judicial nominees to the federal courts (which are lifetime jobs) will also be approved, including — if it comes to pass — appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court.
President Trump was victorious in the Senate for one major reason — the voters’ overwhelming disgust with the way Democratic senators during the confirmation hearings tried to destroy the unblemished reputation of a respected decent human being, Brett Kavanaugh (which also affected his family) with their vicious, vile and unconscionable attacks.
You all know the story, and U.S. Rep. Engel knows that all I have said is true.
Three Democratic senators who were on the Senate Judiciary Committee were all defeated, and rightfully so.