Divided we stand?

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Abraham Lincoln’s famous words: “A house divided cannot stand”

The 2018 midterm elections experienced presidential level turnout. The House of Representatives was predicted to flip Democrat and did so. Republicans lost a senate seat in Nevada, but managed to pickup four seats in red states that were extremely vulnerable to the Democratic incumbents.  Election results are still too close to call in battleground states such as Montana and Arizona, as well as in districts that are rated tossups.

What happened to the blue wave?

News outlets and political pollsters for months have predicted a victory that would have resulted in a Democratic  onslaught. However, in reality, this election was very similar to that of the 2016 presidential election.

The question is when will pollsters actually predict an accurate outcome? To answer that question, never; unless the mainstream media starts covering each respective candidate and political party equally, as well as holding them to the same standards.

The Democrat held House will have to decide whether or not they will “investigate” or “legislate.” Over 50 Democrats have pledged not to vote for Nancy Pelosi as the new Speaker of the House. That will prove whether or not Democrats reject the “establishment” in their own party as Republicans have, or conform to it.

The 2020 presidential election race is now in full swing. The Democratic bellweather was anything but a harbinger of what’s to come. Renewed optimism in a Republican victory in 2020 is loud-and-clear and with a crowded Democratic primary that could become nasty between two potential women: Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren. This prospect only bodes well for the GOP.

A Democrat return to the Clintonian style politics would see a resurgence in the Democratic party. Radical left-wing ideas in Silicon Valley do not resonate with Midwestern voters, in fact, they repel them, as seen in my own family. My grandparents and great-grandparents were ardent supporters of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, which was once a party of populism and grass-roots reform. The Democratic Party has disenfranchised many voters and members of my own family who started voting Republican after the end of President Bill Clinton’s tenure.

It is my hope that both political parties return to the center of the political spectrum and that the political culture becomes less divisive for the future.


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