Democrats Spoil Trump's One-Year Anniversary Of Winning The White House

It’s been a year since President Trump shocked the world by winning the White House in an election most political observers were certain was going the other way, a fact Trump continues to regularly tout in his public speeches and telephone conversations with world leaders.

And to many of Trump’s allies inside and outside the White House, much of what has happened since remains an unqualified success despite the first-year president’s historically low approval ratings. TrumpWorld sees a deregulation-fueled spurt of economic growth that is driving stock market gains and low unemployment, quality conservative judicial appointments highlighted by Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, progress toward greater border security and immigration control, battlefield victories against the Islamic State, and promises kept to social conservatives. 

Democratic victories in Virginia and New Jersey, as well as a spate of local elections across the country, told a different story. Republicans got shellacked as the suburbs turned hard against them. And 85 percent of those who disapproved of Trump’s job performance voted for Democrats. Now a special election for the Alabama Senate seat formerly held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions isn’t looking like such a sure bet, thanks in part to the controversies engulfing Roy Moore, the Bannon-backed GOP nominee.

“There is no question about it, Democrats flat-out took the Republicans to the woodshed … in Virginia,” said Ford O’Connell, a Republican strategist who worked on some campaigns in the state. “Republicans should be nervous ahead of 2018, but Democrats would also be unwise to misinterpret the results.”

Democratic gains on the Hill would make that fight harder. “The notion of Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi again should put the fear of God in House Republicans,” O’Connell said. But he argues that’s no reason to stop enacting Trump policies.

“Trump’s approval ratings, the dismal GOP brand and the perception of a ‘do-nothing Congress’ were certainly a factor” in Democratic wins, he added. “That said, these numbers aren’t static, so this should put them on notice to pass tax reform and other key Trump agenda items before the 2018 elections.”

Read more from W. James Antle III at the Washington Examiner

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