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Election Open Thread: Why Does It Matter?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 7:50 am

The polls still seem to suggest that the Republicans will lose the House but retain the Senate. As someone increasingly annoyed with partisan politics, I have a question for you: if that happens, so what?

As long as Republicans keep the Senate, they will be able to confirm judges and block any bad legislation they want to block. (Whether they will want to is another question!) Other than tax cuts (if you believe that was good; I don’t), what good legislation has been passed under Republicans? Bueller? Bueller?

Republicans warn that under Democrats there will be more investigation of Donald Trump. That strikes me as a feature rather than a bug. We know, thanks to the New York Times, that he was a tax cheat in the past — a story that deserved a lot more coverage, frankly. It stands to reason that he still is. It’s popular to pooh-pooh the notion that Trump is violating the Emoluments Clause, but a court case that accuses him of that Constitutional violation strikes me as not implausible, and is going to discovery. I’m not sure what the courts can do with that, but House Democrats may follow up with their own investigation if they take over the lower branch. Why is any of this supposed to bother me?

It’s not enough to get me to vote Democrat. But it’s enough to make me yawn if other people want to — as long as Republicans don’t lose the Senate.

Tell me, in terms that comply with this blog’s commenting rules (no personal attacks), why my argument is wrong.


  1. Investigation in actual wrongdoing is fine, but anyone who believes the Democrats won’t use investigative power in an abusive attempt to remove Trump or tarnish him going into 2020 is fooling themselves. Also, given their antics during George W. Bush’s first term in talking down the economy and the war effort in a less than veiled attempt to regain the White House and tarnish Bush a Democratically controlled house will make Pelosi’s reign in the early ’00s look tame by comparison. They’ll try to purposefully undermine any economic progress made to the detriment of the country.

    If you’re cool with all of that just to get a few appropriate investigations of Trump’s past misdeed then sit this election out. As for me, tomorrow I’ll be voting straight Republican for the first time in my life.

    Comment by Sean — 11/5/2018 @ 10:19 am

  2. I think it matters because it impacts both Parties. I hope there isn’t too much for either Party to celebrate. Let them both be anxious about their hold on power.

    Comment by DRJ — 11/5/2018 @ 3:36 pm

  3. About the only accomplishment I can think of offhand in the House was voting to repeal Obamacare (that died in the Senate, so the House is not to blame for that one).

    On the flip side, they’ve not even attempted to fulfill campaign promises, such as reducing the deficit (!!!) or fixing immigration (such as removing the absurd “amnesty” loophole that’s so massively abused).

    As for me, I very rarely vote straight ticket (I usually prefer divided control). This time I did, because I’m so disgusted with the left.

    A further reason; if the polls are wrong and Republicans eke out a slight gain, lefty heads will be exploding, even more than they did in 2016. That’s worth doing even if only for the recreational value.

    Comment by Arizona CJ — 11/5/2018 @ 5:02 pm

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