While Republicans retained control of the Senate, likely gaining a seat or two, it was the House of Representatives that will mean so much to Democrats and Trump’s agenda heading into 2019 and 2020.
While a Senate seat or two will not likely mean the difference between a bill passing or not passing, Democratic control of the House puts several major obstacles in front of the White House. Trump doesn’t appear to grasp the enormity of this, however, as he tweeted the following self-congratulatory message earlier this morning:
“Received so many Congratulations from so many on our Big Victory last night, including from foreign nations (friends) that were waiting me out, and hoping, on Trade Deals. Now we can all get back to work and get things done!”
The problem is that he can’t get back to working to ‘get things done’ unless he’s now willing to cater to the demands of a chamber of Congress that will now be controlled by Democrats. He also will now have to deal with countless legal battles as every committee within the House of Representatives will be led by a Democrat. Whether it’s Adam Schiff on the House Intelligence Committee, who has already promised to reopen the Trump/Russia probe that current chairman and former Trump campaign transition team member Devin Nunes shut down, or Maxine Waters on the Financial Services Committee, the president has his work cut out for him.
There is also now a very real possibility that the president’s tax returns will be released, and impeachment would likely be a breeze should Mueller outline crimes committed by the president in his upcoming report.
The next two years will also be a burden on those working within the White House, as legal battle after legal battle is sure to keep them working overtime while the president’s fight to build a wall on our southern border or repeal Obamacare seems to be an impossible task starting in January.
Last night was a major loss for the president, no matter how he spins it, and now with the election behind us, Robert Mueller and the Special Counsel are also free to begin pushing ahead with likely indictments and arrests. The honeymoon appears to be over for Mr. Trump.