Enough Democrats on Tuesday were elected to the House of Representatives to regain the majority, prompting commentator Joseph Curl to proclaim, “Here Come the Crazies! Nancy Pelosi as Speaker, Maxine Waters, Adam Schiff, Elijah Cummings in Leadership Roles.”
But Curl also sees the midterm results as an “early Christmas present for President Trump,” because Republicans long have sought to connect Democratic candidates to Pelosi, having run some 250 anti-Pelosi TV ads.
“That’s forced some candidates to repudiate Pelosi,” Curl explained. “For Trump, though, losing the House – but getting Pelosi back as a target for 2020 – is a dream come true. And he knows it.”
The Democrats turned in an average performance during the midterms. Over the last 21 midterms, the president’s party has lost about 30 seats in the House and four in the Senate.
Tuesday night, the Democrats gained about 30 seats in the House but lost seats in the Senate. Depending on the outcome of undecided races in Arizona and Florida, the Republicans could end up with a net gain of two for a 53-47 majority, or better.
The Associate Press concluded the Democrats’ loudly trumpeted “blue wave” “never fully materialized.”
The news wire called the results a “mixed verdict,” with the Democrats winning 224 House seats to the Republicans’ 201, with remaining races to be finalized.
President Trump praised the GOP for expanding its control of the Senate, through which his judicial nominees must travel, an issue critically important to conservatives.
And he tweeted a response to the much-repeated Democrat threat to focus House work on investigations of him and his administration rather than legislation.
“If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level. Two can play that game!” Trump wrote.
Pelosi, meanwhile, declared, “Tomorrow will be a new day in America.”
Curl said Pelosi is “a career politician who has already served 16 terms in the House, but some party leaders wish she’d go away.”
He noted Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., said late last year it was time for Pelosi and other longtime party leaders to depart and let a new generation lead.
“Our leadership does a tremendous job, but we do have this real breadth and depth of talent within our caucus and I do think it’s time to pass the torch to a new generation of leaders,” Sanchez said.
Waters, Curl explained, is famous for calling for Trump’s impeachment, shrieking “Impeach 45!” at all of her appearances.
He pointed out she was once named one of the most corrupt in Congress.
Curl called Schiff “a true Trump hater who is beloved by the mainstream media.”
Another potential Democrat committee chairman is Jerrold Nadler, who “was on the committee when it voted to impeach former President Bill Clinton, but he said then that the vote was an attempted coup and a ‘gross abuse’ of the impeachment power.’
“He apparently doesn’t think that any more,” Curl said.
There were several stinging defeats for the Democrats, including Beto O’Rourke’s failure to take Ted Cruz’ Senate seat, even after record fundraising, and the president called the night a “tremendous success.”
Variety reported O’Rourke issued a live, on-air f-bomb when he lost.
And Breitbart reported an endorsement from pop music start Taylor Swift did nothing for former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, who lost to Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn.
While a Democratic House majority would block some of Trump’s plans, a GOP majority in the Senate enables the president to continue restocking the American judiciary with judges that rule according to the Constitution rather than social agendas.
He’s already appointed dozens, including two justices to the Supreme Court, and has many more in the pipeline.
Trump on Monday admitted the GOP could lose control of the House.
“And do you know what you do? My whole life, you know what I say? ‘Don’t worry about it, I’ll just figure it out.”