Midterm elections are like a check-up appointment on the condition and wellness of our country.
They reveal problems elected officials need to focus on and which issues can wait. Simply, they are a measuring stick to rule if government leadership is in line with its citizens.
The recent 2018 midterm election was one with fewer surprises when compared to elections in our recent past.
Here are 3 takeaways from the 2018 midterm elections.
First, Democrats took control of the House of Representatives and Republicans maintained control of the Senate.
So, what does that mean? Well... not much. In my opinion, things will relatively stay the same.
The day after midterms the president hinted that if house democrats delay or obstruct efforts to push legislation, he will just blame them as they have the majority. This means nothing more than typical divided, partisan politics which will continue since the house and senate majorities are split.
Second, there was no “blue wave,” Democrats may have won the house but did not win the Senate as predicted.
Weeks and months leading up to the election many democrat figureheads pushed the idea of a blue wave crashing over swing counties on election night.
Democrats notably picked up a net total of 36 seats in the house. Which is not anything out of the ordinary as the opposing party usually picks up more seats following a presidential general election. This means if there’s a Republican president, it’s more likely Democrats will take control of the house and senate.
For example, we saw this during the 2006 and 2010 midterms, with Democrats picking up 31 house seats in 2006 following the election of Republican George H. W. Bush and Republicans picking up 63 house seats in 2010 following the election of Democrat Barack Obama.
Third, Democrats in Washington State won, but Jay Inslee lost.
Most notably, Democrat Kim Schrier was able to flip Washington’s 8th district from red to blue, winning big in King County.
Democrats also won big passing I-1639, legislation that restricts the purchase of semi-automatic rifles.
About 60 percent of Washington voters approved the measure showing that Washington voters wanted gun reform.
On the contrary, Democrat governor Jay Inslee lost election night as his noted piece of legislation I-1631 (pollution reduction by implementing a $15 per ton fee on carbon emissions) was rejected by 56 percent of Washington voters.
The reason I say the night was a loss for Jay Inslee is because he publicly backed and raised money for I-1631, touting it as his signature legislation.
He also used I-1631 as a way to boost his image in what could be called posturing for a possible 2020 presidential run.
In the end, evergreen state voters, said yes to gun control, no to carbon and soda taxes, and the country as a whole is still as divided as ever.
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