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US midterm: Sharply divided US goes neither blue nor red



NO MATTER the camp anyone has rooted for, the ides of United States midterm election results yesterday was neither blue nor red. It so because none of the two dominant parties, Democrats and Republicans, was able to put its adversary to rout as opinion polls have projected. Simply put, there was neither a blue or red wave – in approval or disapproval of President Donald Trump’s midterm rating – as was diversely anticipated in the two camps.
The winner is just one: democracy.
Yes Democrats took back the House by a decisive margin. But Republicans improved their standing in the Senate. Despite its significance, this electoral dynamic exposes the limitations of both parties in the build up for 2020. Suburban voters, including many women, are said to be key in flipping these House districts the Democrats way.
While Democratic victory for control of the House may not be so surprising, given that many of these felled Republican candidates were in districts won by Hillary Clinton in 2016, Republican Senate gains and strong Florida and Georgia gubernatorial showings ran counter to popular expectations in mainstream media.
But the cold reality is that America is now at a dreaded rendezvous of sorts. Will a hung Congress collapse into vitriolic schisms that may lead to Trump’s impeachment by House – and subsequent Senate acquittal – or endless House Russia subpoenas and investigations? Or will Democrats and Republicans close ranks to fight terrorism, expand global frontiers, and rein in economic deficits while networking social reforms?
Whichever choice each of the camp opts for comes with its customs-make price that may deliver bigger prize on its doorsteps in 2020 – or be an unwelcome escort along political journey into wilderness, much much afterwards. But the first scenario played out after congressional Republicans in 2000 impeached President Bill Clinton and afterward losing in both chambers. By yesterday results, Americans seem to have signalled their preference for a bipartite Congress, not a polarised one.
From this attention shifts to Trump and what he may have made out of this development. Would the world begin to see more contrite statesman-like posts on his Twitter handle or will cacophonies of adolescence fury and fire, in which every contrary view to his prejudice is “fake news,” continue to rain down.
Meanwhile U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, yesterday resigned his position to end a sour tenure in President Donald Trump’s regime during which he severally pushed for Sessions’ resignation over Russian probe.
Sessions stated that he resigned at the president’s request though he gave no reason.
“At your request, I am submitting my resignation. In my time as Attorney General, we have restored and upheld the rule of law – a glorious tradition that each of us has a responsibility to safeguard,” Sessions wrote in the resignation letter to Trump.
Trump has already named Matthew G. Whitakers as a temporary replacement for Sessions after his resignation was announced.
“We are pleased to announce that Matthew G. Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice, will become our new Acting Attorney General of the United States. He will serve our Country well….We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date,” Trump tweeted.

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