Midterms: We Got What We Needed

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Midterms: GOP Gains in Senate,
Democrats take the House

Tuesday was neither a blue wave nor a red tsunami. It was a split decision, with the Republicans losing 37 seats in the House and holding the Senate and gaining 2 seats. Not all races have been called, with recounts still occurring.

With this Senate win, Republicans will maintain important control over the confirmation process for cabinet members and Supreme Court/federal justices that are nominated by the President. The heads of Senate committees that have been investigating misdeeds–like the failed FBI investigation into Hillary’s illegal server and the attempted coup against the President–will stay under Republican leadership.

The oversight that was shared by House investigators will be transferred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which provides oversight of the Department of Justice and the agencies under it, such as the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. With the gain of two seats and the retirement/death of “never-Trumpers,” the Senate is now in a much stronger conservative position, and the change in the House will have no impact on those ongoing investigations into corruption in the Obama administration.

GOP out-performed the historical average for the president’s party and got what they needed.

The President was pleased with the outcome of the elections, and he has every right to be. Donald Trump campaign tirelessly for Republicans and called the wins “tremendous success.” There have only been five times in the last 105 years that an incumbent President won seats in the Senate in the midterms. Nine out of the eleven candidates Trump campaigned with won, and many of those Republicans who campaigned against Trump lost. Another factor for such losses in the House included the historically high number of retirements of GOP members.

Keep it mind that President Obama lost 63 House seats and six Senate seats in 2010.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will likely take the gavel again as Speaker of the House, although she has suggested she may turn leadership over at some point to a younger Democrat, such as fellow Californian Adam Schiff.

President Trump was very happy with the election and spoke on Wednesday about having an “easier path because Democrats will come to us with plans and we’ll negotiate” on things like infrastructure and healthcare.” He also complimented Nancy Pelosi for using the words “uniting” and “bipartisanship.” “It could be a beautiful bipartisan relationship,” Trump said.

Democrats will likely move to impeach both Trump and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. However, a supermajority of the Republican-held Senate is required to impeach.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned. The acting AG, Matthew Whitaker, will now oversee the investigation into Trump-Russia collusion. The newly-minted Democrat leaders in the House are already demanding Whittaker resign because he wrote an op-ed in the New York Times objecting to a fishing expedition into Trump’s finances as part of the Mueller investigation.

Rod Rosenstein, number two at the Department of Justice and the man who is overseeing the probe because AG Sessions recused himself, put no limits on Mueller. Whitaker said the investigation could become a witch hunt if broadened in such a way. He also said Clinton Foundation donors were given preferential treatment by Hillary when she was Secretary of State, she used a private email server to avoid public disclosure, and she should have been charged with a crime.

The President keeps hinting he will order the release of all of the FISA warrants to spy on his campaign. These declassified documents will no doubt show the Obama administration’s attempt to oust Trump. Democrat leaders in the House and Senate wrote a letter on September 18 advising intelligence agencies to ignore any presidential order on declassification until consulting with Congress.

Other News

  • A shooter killed 11 people, including a police officer, in a California bar. The gunman, a decorated Marine with PTSD, took his own life before police arrived. The Thousand Oaks, CA bar is popular with college students.
  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, fell and broke three ribs.
  • CNN anchor Jim Acosta lost his press credentials after shoving a White House aide when she tried to take the microphone from him. He was repeatedly told by the President to be quiet and let someone ask a question.
  • Twenty Antifa protestors camped outside the home of Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, threatening him, his wife, and four children. and trying to break down his front door.
  • Fox News, whose conservative/moderate slant has been deteriorating, called the House election way before polls had closed. They also publicly reproved Sean Hannity and Judge Jeanine Pirro for appearing at a Trump rally on Monday. Fox News is now run by super-globalists, and it shows.

How to Pray: God is in control and nothing about this election has surprised Him. Let’s be reminded that He told Gideon to pare his army down to 300 so that it was obvious to all that the victory was the Lord’s and not man’s.

All praise and glory and honor be to the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Give God thanks, for He is good and His mercy endures forever. He created us, and not we ourselves. He knows our thoughts before we think them. He delights to answer our prayers and He isn’t finished with us yet.

Jdg 7:7 – And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand:

Is. 42: 8 – I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

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