Yesterday's Midterm results underscored that, for now, those days are gone. "And you can be damn sure that is what we intend to do in the ME state Senate".
Views varied widely by gender among Democrats, and just modestly among Republicans: Fully 74 percent of Democratic women said they were very concerned about women not being believed, compared with a smaller majority of Democratic men (56 percent). Elizabeth Warren, who easily defeated two opponents and is among potential Democratic challengers to President Donald Trump in 2020. But the races this year happened to be fought in overwhelmingly friendly territory for Republicans, with numerous Democrats up for re-election in states Trump won in 2016.
"The American people have demanded accountability from their government and sent a clear message of what they want from Congress", Representative Jerrold Nadler, the New York Democrat poised to become chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said in a tweet after Democrats claimed the majority.
The road to the White House ultimately depends on a handful of states. Now we can investigate, they look at us, we look at them, it goes on for two years and then at the end of two years nothing's done.
In suburban areas where key House races were decided, female voters skewed significantly toward Democrats by a almost 10-point margin.
Democrats also captured governorships in Michigan, Illinois and Kansas. But party strategists acknowledged that much work remains to be done in those Midwest battlegrounds. But their new footholds in suburban districts at least appear to correspond with a longer-term realignment of Democrats and Republicans into urban and rural strongholds.
The GOP also got major wins in toss-up governors races in states like Florida and OH, though Democrats did manage to pick up wins in a number of states like IL and MI. Meanwhile, one sitting Republican, Sen. That may have shifted recently to give Republicans a greater advantage than in the past.
Several major races are still pending.
As one Democrat put it: "We have not figured out Florida, which is a problem".
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Results elsewhere speak to changes underway in other states that traditionally figure into the competition in presidential races. But in Kentucky, one of the top Democratic recruits, retired Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath, lost her bid to oust to three-term Rep. Andy Barr.
But is this similar to the "shellacking" that Democrats got during the Obama administration's first midterms vote in 2010? No.
Among governorships, Democrats netted seven, including big states such as MI and IL and Wisconsin, where incumbent Gov. Scott Walker was ousted after two terms.
That's insane-no president has ever benefited from watching the other party take control of Congress.
If the results hold and Republicans win in Mississippi, Florida and Arizona, Trump would be correct that Republicans' Senate gains in the 2018 midterms (+3) represent the largest first midterm Senate pickup since President John F. Kennedy's Democratic party gained four seats in 1962. His failure to maintain GOP control of the House signals problems in suburban areas, where women, moderates and even some Republicans are turned off by the president's brutally direct, divisive and insulting style.
With three more committee members running for other offices, come January, half of the 24 Republicans who wrote the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will no longer be in Congress. For another, the economy - which is historically the strongest driver behind electoral outcomes - is doing better than it has done in at least a decade and perhaps 20 years.
But a measure of how much bigger the overall Democratic House majority could have been is that about two dozen Republicans who won or were leading had similarly narrow margins of five points or fewer.
All the while, the Senate is set to continue to methodically confirm Trump's nominees to the courts while holding a check on any Democrat-led legislation in the House.
Properly considered, this was a stark rebuke of the Republican Party and President Trump, which had pushed nearly all their political chips onto the bigotry square over the last few weeks.
"But it's not a realignment", he added, "unless we do the hard work, both in 2020 and beyond".