I’m writing this post before the full election results are in, but there is enough information to predict what may happen by the time the final results are known. The country remains divided. The status quo remains. The likely outcome is that the Democrats take control of the House. The Republicans remain in control of the Senate. What does that mean?
First is that Donald Trump’s agenda is severely restricted. The Senate will be able to keep appointing judges to the benches. This keeps tilting the judiciary towards the conservative side. Without the House, the Senate cannot fund important legislation. More importantly, the Trump wall is probably dead on arrival.
But the most important outcome are the expected investigations into Donald Trump. With the Democrats in control of the House, the Russian probe will delve deeper into Trump. Trump’s tax returns will likely be made public. And other investigations into Trump will be launched. Donald Trump will spend the next two years litigating his personal affairs.
Will this lead to impeachment? Probably not.
The House can issue Articles of Impeachment. These are like a criminal indictment listing alleged offenses. But the vote to remove Trump from office needs to be had in the Senate. With the GOP in control of the Senate that is unlikely to happen. But, Articles of Impeachment would damage Trump’s ego.
The Latino vote remains a figment of everyone’s imagination. Beto O’Rourke proved that.
Those are the broad strokes. In the coming days we will look deeper into what the election results mean for America’s future. Issues like immigration and health care will dominate the next few days, along with investigations into Donald Trump.