Why 2018 Could Be Washington's Most Toxic Year Yet


Objecting to massive deficit spending and perceived giveaways to the undeserving, the Tea Party movement formed in response to Obama's early legislative successes, the economic stimulus package and the Affordable Care Act. The emergence of the #MeToo movement was fueled in part by allegations of sexual misconduct by Moore and Trump. Congressional Republicans last month passed a major federal tax overhaul, while Trump has cut regulations and nominated a number of conservatives to federal judgeships that Senate Republicans have confirmed. The party typically loses seats in midterm elections and opposition to Mr Trump has made 2018 a hopeful one for the Democrats, with all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 34 in the Senate up for grabs.

Will history repeat itself in 2018?

Speaking of those tax cuts: Trump says average Americans will benefit immensely. Iowa's congressional lawmakers all voted in favor of the tax bill.

"These far-left groups have one objective: electing the most liberal candidate in primaries across the country", warns National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Chris Martin, claiming those candidates could be "unpalatable" in general elections.

Democrats performed strongly in numerous closely watched special elections of 2017.

"It looks like we're going to spend more money on growing the government in January than perhaps the biggest amount of money that we spent since the Obama stimulus plan". All that matters is pleasing their corporate sponsors, who will reward the party with contributions, which will be used to buy votes, thereby ensuring the perpetuation of a corporate-driven political agenda.

While this new awakening is scheduled to occur on November 6 of 2018, some senators have already gotten a jump on the proceedings. With elections for governor, U.S. Senate, and five swing House seats, Pennsylvania will get a lot of the president's attention.

Trump went beyond the economy in the list of what he sees as fulfilled campaign promises, and evoked the struggle against the Islamic State (IS), the reform of the veterans program, the defense of the right to bear arms (based on the second amendment of the Constitution), the nominations of Republican magistrates and their promise to strengthen the border with Mexico.

We should not ignore unpredictable forces that could affect American politics between now and next November.

Galvanized by the Women's March of a year ago and the #MeToo movement, the political strength of women will be tested. More female candidates than ever before are seeking office.

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Republicans can easily brush aside Democratic conjecture that the electorate is already sending signals that a 2018 wave election is coming. At last, a way to neutralize Trump!

Virginia and New Jersey are blue states, while Republicans fielded a uniquely bad candidate in Alabama.

The conflict is reminiscent of the 1998 midterm campaign, when Democrats charged Special Prosecutor Ken Starr with making a constitutional crisis out of President Clinton's extramarital affairs.

But for many Democrats, this debate has been pushed back long enough.

An exodus of White House aides and Cabinet members is expected soon, possibly to be replaced by even stronger loyalists committed to letting Trump be Trump.

The president wants military options for dealing with North Korea. Stoking the culture war helped the president in 2016, but it may have the opposite effect this year.

Unknown is where the president stands on so-called entitlement reform.

Next year's elections are indeed a concern for Trump.

The truth is that the vast majority of taxpayers will see their taxes cut, while just 5 percent of Americans, most of whom have six figure incomes, will end up paying more, says the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. Meanwhile, Nunes' investigative zeal is directed elsewhere: Politico recently reported that Nunes is quietly leading a group of House Republicans in an effort to build a case that senior Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials improperly handled the explosive "Steele dossier", which describes links between Trump and Russian Federation.