Jacob Heilbrunn 8 November 2018 8:20 AM 8 November 2018 8:20 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp As soon as Donald Trump says ‘I’ll be honest,’ which he did at his press conference today, you know he’s about to tell a lie. The media, he proclaimed, ‘really does bring disunity.’ No, it doesn’t. What it brings is coverage of his administration rather than the beatification that he craves. Trump’s performance was more than ordinarily intemperate. He was clearly nettled by CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s questions about the Russia investigation, deeming him ‘a rude, terrible person’ who behaves in an ungentlemanly fashion toward his press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders. After NBC reporter Peter Alexander tried to defend Acosta, Trump barked, ‘Well, I’m not a big fan of yours either.’ I see this press conference couldn’t be going better. … [Read more...] about After losing the House, Trump will have more to worry about than CNN reporters
President Trump has demonstrated the power and influence of his endorsement in Florida, as his endorsee Ron DeSantis won against his Democratic opponent, Andrew Gillum, to be the 46th governor of the state. But it wasn’t a landslide: Gillum, a young progressive African American candidate was projected to win by many polls and was endorsed by the former president Barack Obama. In the end, he lost by approximately 1 per cent of the vote. So how did this happen? DeSantis, a Yale and Harvard Law graduate with a decorated military background, successfully competed against Gillum, a graduate of the historically black Florida A&M University. Aged just 23, Gillum became the youngest person ever elected to the Tallahassee City Commission and was elected as mayor of Tallahassee, Florida in 2014. A victory would have made Gillum only the fifth African American to serve as a state governor in US history, Gillum was always thought to be the underdog in a … [Read more...] about This is why Andrew Gillum lost Florida by just 1 per cent of the vote
Paul Wood 7 November 2018 6:55 AM 7 November 2018 6:55 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp At an election-night party hosted by a leading light in the Clinton White House, the hostess wore blue, anticipating the ‘blue wave’ that Democrats hope is about to sweep away the Republican majority in the House of Representatives. As I write, the Democrats are up 14 seats. They need to gain 23 to win the House. Opinion polls going into Tuesday gave them a good shot at that – and a smaller chance of winning the Senate. But then again, opinion polls predicted Donald Trump would lose and that Brexit wouldn’t happen. And some Democrats talked about how they would need a huge margin in the popular vote, as much as 10 points, to overcome how Republican states have redrawn the boundaries of Congressional seats. Whatever the outcome, this has been a referendum on President Trump. If people are telling the truth to pollsters, about a … [Read more...] about Does a Democratic House win pave the way to impeachment?
Daniel R. DePetris 7 November 2018 6:25 AM 7 November 2018 6:25 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Midterm elections are traditionally nightmares for the party of a sitting president. Just ask former president Bill Clinton, who suffered the humiliation of seeing his Democratic Party lose 54 seats during Newt Gingrich’s 1994 Republican Revolution. Ask George W. Bush, whose blunders in Iraq cost the GOP control of both chambers of Congress in 2006. Or maybe ask Barack Obama, who candidly admitted after the electoral disaster of 2010 (in which the GOP picked up 63 seats on their way to capturing the House) that he needed to do a better job presiding over America’s economic recovery. Democrats and the thousands of hungry progressives who canvassed for them certainly hoped the 2018 midterm election would be as humbling an experience for Donald Trump as the 2010 elections were for Obama. Flipping a chamber of Congress from one party to … [Read more...] about How will Donald Trump react to his midterm elections setback?
Alex Massie 1 November 2018 2:27 PM 1 November 2018 2:27 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Once again, America is under attack. If it’s not hordes of migrants swarming over the border, it’s murky jews financing un-American attacks on the president of the United States, aided and abetted by a ‘fake news’ media in hock to the Democrats, liberals, and other malignant handmaidens to American weakness and decline. Of course we know what’s going on here. We know these eruptions of Trumpery are intimately connected to the mid-term elections and the administration’s need to rally conservative voters to the cause, to stave off possible Democratic advances. But it is not just that and we know this too. This is Trump embracing the freedom of being Trump. Trump, lazy and incompetent and proudly ignorant, does at least know about winning and losing. Confrontation is where he is happiest; possibly, indeed, the only arena … [Read more...] about Trump’s midterm campaign is a warning of what is to come