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originally posted by: Xcalibur254
So now that the midterms are in the rear view mirror it's time to look ahead and see what could possibly lie in store for the country over the next few months.
I think the next thing we will see almost immediately is Trump pushing very hard to get funding for his wall. If he can't secure it by the December deadline then he has pretty much lost any hope of getting it built. So expect him and his supporters to ramp up the fearmongering in regards to the caravan over the next month.
There are also rumors currently swirling that Sessions and/or Rosenstein could be on the way out. If this comes to pass expect these roles to be filled with Trump loyalists. Trump now has a stronger control over the Senate so he will pretty much be able to get whoever he wants appointed. If things had gone the other way and the Dems had taken control of the Senate he would have been forced to fill these roles with people that are more moderate.
One interesting thing I haven't seen discussed much is that we may see a shift in leadership for the Dems. While it's expected for Pelosi to be chosen as the new Speaker of the House it's not a 100% guarantee. She needs 218 votes in order to seize the position. Among the Dems running last night there were around 60 that openly stated they would not support her for the job. I haven't gone back and verified how many of those candidates actually got elected, but it wouldn't take many to spoil it. If this is the case we may see an informal campaign for the position. Some of the names I've seen thrown out as potential challengers are Tim Ryan from Ohio, Hakeem Jeffries from New York, Terri Sewell from Alabama, and John Yarmuth from Kentucky. There's also the possibility that Pelosi will throw her support behind Adam Schiff. This is definitely something worth keeping an eye on over the next few days to see if Pelosi actually has the numbers she needs.
One other place that we should keep our eye on is Texas. I've heard some rumblings that if O'Rourke lost to Cruz but did well enough he may consider going for a Presidential run in 2020. Losing by two points in traditionally Red Texas to a big name incumbent like Cruz could be enough to convince him that he has enough support to make a real go at the Oval Office. So it will be interesting to see if he starts shutting down his campaign or if he starts transitioning it for a 2020 run.
Of course that leads us to the other big thing that we can now start looking forward to, the lead up to the 2020 election. Expect to start seeing the Dems jockeying for who will be their candidate. I think Warren, Booker, and Harris are pretty much guaranteed to be throwing their hats in the ring. I also won't be surprised if Mark Warner gets involved. We may also see some more surprising names like O'Rourke or someone like Tulsi Gabbard. Although she'll only be 39 in 2020 so her youth may prevent her from being seen as a serious candidate.
So other than a possible government shutdown next month and the inevitable gridlock that will start in January that's pretty much how I see the next few months shaping up. Anyone else have predictions they want to share?
originally posted by: seagull
a reply to: CriticalStinker
Granted he had the most expensive senate campaign in the country to date.
...and lost. I doubt they'll run someone who can't win a Senate race in Texas.
Now enter Donald J. Trump. There was no investigation into a New York real estate tycoon... why should there be?