CHARLOTTE, N.C. So what happens now? With the Kavanaugh confirmation process behind us, more questions than answers are in dire need of resolution. In Washington and elsewhere, we still grapple with many unanswered questions. Likewise, we puzzle over even more questioned answers. Many of these conundrums will become increasingly evident as America’s midterm elections approach. But at the moment, we seem to be trapped inside a crucial game of real-life Washington “Jeopardy”.
“Jeopardy,” Washington style: He said, she said, they said, who said?
Will we see a backlash against the Democrats or the Republicans this fall? Or both? Or will the current status remain quo? Opinions ooze from every nook and cranny of the political spectrum and. For the moment at least, pollsters are having a field day. But then again, they had a field day in 2016 and we all saw what happened that time. Plenty of unanswered questions remain.
But back to the Evil Party and the Stupid Party. One side claims the Kavanaugh confirmation of Kavanaugh only serves to reunify the Democrats in their perpetual quest for absolute power.
Others say that the Kavanaugh confirmation wasn’t the issue so much as it was the now notorious 11th hour smear-and- delay tactics deployed to prevent Kavanaugh from taking his merited seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. If that’s the case, perhaps the backlash will swing the pendulum back toward the Republicans. But who really knows?
Smear campaigns and #Resistance fanaticism could change the game. But how?
Until the Senate Kavanaugh hearings took place, it was pretty much a given that Republicans would lose Congressional seats in the midterms. But the animosity that arose from those shameful hearings has left every expected outcome in doubt.
Further back, since November of 2016, when Donald Trump won the Presidency, daily media reports and opposition leaks erupt daily, smearing Trump’s name or urging unknown powers to oust him rom the office he constitutionally earned at the polls.
For his part, President Trump, being Trump, has done little from a political standpoint since then, other than to throw more gasoline on the flames of #NeverTrump and #Resistance indignation.
But now that all the Kavanaugh shouting is over (we hope), will the key senators who made last minute decisions about the confirmation process feel the heat of angry constituents?
Has Lindsey Graham suddenly become a dragonslayer for the Republicans in the wake of John McCain’s death and his subsequent, dramatic oration during the Kavanaugh hearings? As one publication wrote, with McCain gone, Graham is no longer serving as his “Mini Me.”
And how long does the current level of animus continue in the U.S. Senate? Have the bridges of that (mostly) good old boys’ club been as severely damaged as some analysts believe? Or was this latest episode merely akin to a temporary lovers’ quarrel?
The reality of the Trump Presidency thus far
If nothing else, the Presidency of Donald Trump has exposed the raw, vicious underbelly of Washington, exposing it for all Americans to see first-hand.
Both sides are guilty in this latest Supreme Court drudge match. There is every bit as much “tit” as there is “tat.” Consequently, watching cable news programs generally only serves to show there are two sides to each argument even as the anger grows in both directions.
Not that Republicans are completely innocent with regard to Washington’s political machinations. We know they have plenty of skeletons in their own closets. But the Democrats have been screaming “foul” for two years and still have no idea how to deal with losing and/or being in the Congressional minority. They enjoyed top dog status for so long they never considered what life might hold should they wind up on the short end of the vote.
Republicans, on the other hand, appear to be so stunned they are actually in control, at least for now, that they haven’t got a clue how to deal with it.
Unanswered questions: What comes next? Who will remain after the election?
The next several weeks and, for that matter, the coming two years will be interesting. Unanswered questions remain unanswered. And the shouting has only begun. So, too, have the so-called “protests.” Which raises yet another question. How many of those protesters really know what Kavanaugh stands for and what his judicial record actually is?
Television screens across America filled with images of wildly outraged protestors mobbing the various buildings on the Hill and at the Supreme Court building gleaming just behind. But how many of those people carrying signs and raising hell are truly dedicated to their political convictions as opposed to being paid goons just stirring up trouble?
Furthermore, out of the subset of ideologues that is truly angry, how many of them actually know anything about Kavanaugh’s background other than they’ve been told he is a conservative? If that’s the case, then aren’t these protesters actually fighting against something they know nothing about? If so, they’re basing their angerpurely on speculation and hearsay until some major Supreme Court decision is rendered in the future.
Life still goes on in Washington. But the partisan rancor is now at levels never before seen in the nation’s capital. It will be interesting to see what happens in the coming weeks leading up to Election 2018. But let’s all try to remember: Fame is fleeting, and nothing is ever resolved in the WWF or the contentious world of partisan politics.
About the Author:
Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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