After the election fireworks are over (Dr Mathew Joys, Ohio)

While the fireworks of 2018 Midterm Poll and Diwali thrilled us simultaneously, let me rake up the debris for a brief insight and outlook too.

The star stricken night of yesterday passed with the flames of promises – some kept as well some helplessly unkempt upon the power of the common man, the vote! Both the parties’ have something to celebrate and that is the true spirit of American democracy! The power of the purple-bipartisan possibilities demonstrates and upholds the true democracy.

Although The Democrats were not that successful in turning it into a blue wave, they could distinctly dominate the House of Representatives with an addition of 27 seats. The Democrats by taking control of the legislative arm, ended an era of unchecked Republican power in the legislative arm of the American democracy.
But when Republicans expand their majority in the Senate, won governor’s races in Georgia, Florida, Ohio, Iowa and New Hampshire, Democrats cannot claim a broad and decisive shift in electoral opinion towards them. This in one way has eliminated the perspective of ‘One party Congress’ challenging the concept of firm Government. The President will have to answer for many issues that are bothering the American common man. It is certain that the 2018 midterm results have evidently taken the control of the running horse (or was it the donkey!) from the rider for sure. This will enable some whiplashes as well sudden-breaks of the otherwise freaking current Whitehouse ride! For Republicans it’s an appropriate time to find remedies to the illness that has caused these unpleasant results to them.

For President Trump with approval ratings at an all time low – with a 36% the American electorate has made the statement very assertively.

The probabilities of we witnessing some very nasty unpleasant truths disclosed pertaining to the ugliness of the last (2016) presidential elections are pretty higher, while Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Russian interference are just awaited. Democrats are empowered to disclose Pr. Trump’s yet to be disclosed tax returns as well the assumed nobility of the POTUS is at stake now!

President Trump is expecting the worse “Let them do whatever possible, I will ensure that we do everything possible at our disposal, ensuring they fail” says POTUS.

Let’s look into the notable outcomes of the 2018 Midterms on a wider spectrum,
Record number of women to win seats
As of writing this, a record number (96/435) womenwon seats in the US House of Representatives.

First Native American women
Democrats Sharice Davids of KA and Deb Haaland of NM became the first elected Native Americans to Congress, from their respective States. Davids identifies as a lesbian, making her the first openly LGBT member of Congress from Kansas as well.

Deb Haaland of New Mexico is a member of the Laguna Pueblo people. She is a single mother raising her daughter by herself.

First Muslim women
Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar of the Minnesota Democratic Party will become the first Muslim women in US Congress.
Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress. Omar will be the first Somali-American member, who came to US two decades as a refugee.

First openly gay man elected governor
Colorado Democratic Rep. Jared Polis' bid for governor means he is the first openly gay member of Congress becoming the first openly gay man elected governor.

Oregon Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, who identifies as bisexual, is already the first openly LGBT person to be elected governor.

First female senator from Tennessee
Rep. Marsha Blackburn became the first female senator to represent Tennessee when she outlasted a challenge from former Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat.
First female senator from Arizona guaranteed, although not yet known
Arizona is guaranteed to elect its first female senator. Following GOP Sen. Jeff Flake's decision last year not to seek re-election, Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema is facing off against GOP Rep. Martha McSally.
Sinema and McSally are locked in a tight race and it is unclear when a projection in the race may come, most certainly in a weeks’ time because of the way the AZ state's largest counties report their results, we may not know who has won for awhile.

Texas sends first Hispanic women to Congress
Texas voters elected the state's first two Hispanic women to Congress as Veronica Escobar won the seat to replace Rep. Beto O'Rourke in the congressional district near El Paso. O'Rourke gave up his HoC seat in order to unsuccessfully run for Senate against incumbent Senator Ted Cruz.

South Dakota elects its first woman governor
Republican Kristi Noem became South Dakota's first female governor after defeating Democrat Billie Sutton. Noem had previously been serving as South Dakota's at-large member of Congress.

Some firsts out of reach
While Tuesday marked a series of first steps for the nation, many other candidates fell short in their own groundbreaking bids.
GA Democratic nominee Stacy Abrams is the first Afro-American woman nominee for Governor in the US. But lost the chance to Rep. Brian Kemp.

Tallahassee Democratic Mayor Andrew Gillum would have become Florida's first black governor, and Tuesday night saw him losing to Florida Republican Ron DeSantis.

And in Vermont, Democratic nominee Christine Hallquist already made history as the first transgender major party nominee for governor, but she was unable to defeat GOP Gov. Phil Scott.

For our Indian diaspora, the victory of Democrat candidate Mr. Kevin Thomas as State Senator of New York certainly is a historic win, being the first Indian-American in the New York State Senate.
Equivalently commendable are the victories of Mr. K. P. George as County Judge and of Mrs. Julie Mathew as County Court Judge at law 3, Fort Bend county, TX. Texas being a Red State, these Democratic victories denotes special attention and accolades.

In conclusion, President Trump's biggest legislative victory so far has been his sweeping overhaul of the US tax system, but he was only able to sign that into law because Republicans have majorities in both houses of Congress.
As Democrats have won control of the legislative wing of the US democratic pathway, they'll be able to limit how much President Trump can achieve in the final two years of his term.

Democrats would take control of important Congressional committees, which would allow them to launch oversight investigations into several issues, including the president's business dealings and allegations of sexual assault made against him.

While calls for President Trump's impeachment are likely to get louder as Democrats taken control of the House, it could ultimately be fruitless unless Republican senators turn on the president. A two-thirds majority is needed in the Senate to remove him from office.

Only two presidents have ever been impeached - Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton - and both were acquitted after a trial in the Senate. Richard Nixon resigned before he could be impeached after the Watergate scandal in the early 1970s.
Both the parties has better control on keeping a check on the President’s so far unpredictable behavior. Anincreased control on President Trump’s policies on international trade, environment protection, Trade war with China, alarming affinity to Saudi Arabia as well Trump’s ever affluent personal business interests will be overall result of this 2018 Midterm, at large is yielding to.
Or in one stance it could be concluded to “American people still love their country!” In ‘alternate’ words - Americans possess the wisdom to not to disrespect the Presidency, although they very much know the president is to be kept in control!”

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