Senate majority for Democrats: Biden celebrates electoral success – Republicans call for fresh start for “dead” party

Senate majority for Democrats
Biden celebrates electoral success – Republicans call for fresh start for “dead” party

As of last night, it is clear that the Democrats will retain their narrow majority in the US Senate. President Biden and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer have never doubted success. The previously victorious Republicans turn their backs on their leader, Donald Trump.

Joe Biden is on the other side of the world when he reaches the good news from home. A hotel in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh is where the US president comments on the important and, above all, surprising success in the congressional elections in his own country. The 79-year-old travels to Asia for several international summits. It’s already there on Sunday, and it’s still Saturday night in Washington, as Biden steps in front of the microphone and triumphs that his Democrats have just defended their majority in the Senate for the next two years.

“I am incredibly happy with the result,” said the president. “I feel good and look forward to the coming years.” He is an inveterate optimist, so the result does not surprise him. Can the Democrats keep their majority in the House of Representatives? Not ruled out, says Biden.

About 9,000 miles away in New York, Chuck Schumer stands in front of microphones minutes after the Senate Majority announcement. The latest election predictions from the major TV channels are still coming in, when the top Senate Democrat is already standing in front of the journalists. “The Democrats will have a majority in the Senate and I will be majority leader again,” the 71-year-old announced. “We have always believed in our victory more than many pundits and forecasters.” It hadn’t even looked like the Democrats would do that well in the midterms in Biden’s midterms.

Memo to the ex-president

The president struggled for months with lousy polls. High inflation and increased prices, for example for fuel, put Biden on the election campaign. Despite all the gloomy forecasts, Biden’s Democrats have managed to maintain their narrow majority in the Senate. They could possibly even win an extra seat in a second round in the last remaining senate race in the US state of Georgia in early December.

In the House of Representatives, where the majority is still unclear, Republicans are more likely to seize power — which could make Biden’s next two years uncomfortable due to blockades and parliamentary inquiries from the Republican side. But the race is also much closer than expected in the House of Representatives. Nothing remains of the predicted wave of Republican success.

Normally, the ruling president’s party gets a lesson in midterm elections. This time, the former president’s party will receive a reminder – probably also because they have not broken away from him. Former President Donald Trump played a prominent role in the election campaign. The Republican held rally after rally, campaigning for a variety of candidates, hoping to present himself as the king, decision maker, and leader of the Republican Party. But Trump speculated: He pushed some radical and strident candidates who ultimately failed to prevail. And he mainly fought the election campaign with horror scenarios about a country under Biden and with his fabricated story about systematic election fraud.

“The Old Party Is Dead”

With all this he not only harmed his party, but also himself, because there is now rumbling among the Republicans – that could potentially cost Trump the leadership role in the party. Conservative commentators from media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s empire have given Trump the thumbs down, at least for now. Some Republican politicians are already publicly blaming Trump for the defeat — after the Senate decision, they will increase.

Outgoing Republican Maryland Governor Larry Hogan vented his frustration on Sunday. “Trump has cost us the last three elections and I don’t want that to happen a fourth time,” Hogan told CNN. “I’m tired of losing – that’s all he did.” The Republican Party should finally consider how to send more hopeful and positive messages and reach more people, not just the hardline Trump base. “The people on the far right really lost this election,” said the 66-year-old, who was unable to run again after two terms as Maryland governor. The fairly moderate Republican would have ambitions for his party’s presidential candidacy.

But Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley – one of the right-wingers – wrote on Twitter about his own party shortly after announcing the Senate Democrats’ success: “The old party is dead. Time to bury it.” It’s time to build something new.

The Republicans’ 800-pound gorilla.

According to some, Trump has bent the Republican Party beyond recognition in recent years. The Democrats also see their own success in the midterm elections as a rejection of this Trump course. “The American people have vehemently rejected the anti-democratic, authoritarian, vicious and divisive direction in which the MAGA Republicans want our country to be led,” Schumer said. MAGA stands for Trump’s campaign motto: “Make America Great Again”.

Trump is expected to announce a presidential bid for 2024 as early as Tuesday evening. “There’s no doubt he’s still the 800-pound gorilla,” Hogan said of Trump’s role with the Republicans. “And the battle will continue for years to come.” But he thinks it would be a mistake to make Trump the 2024 candidate. Biden also has advice for Republicans in his appearance in Phnom Penh: the party must decide who it is.

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