The Democrats are breathing a sigh of relief, but their problems are not over yet | Parliament

Joe Biden said Wednesday that the result gave everyone the “wow! Sigh” that makes America Great Again (Maga) Republicans never take over government again.

Biden won and Donald Trump lost in the midterm elections to decide control of Congress. But as it happened in 2020, collective exhalations are not enough to spell the end of political dysfunction in America. Things are about to get chaotic.

For all their shrinkage, Republicans appear to be on course to win a majority in the House of Representatives, albeit by a much smaller margin than history has suggested or crystal ball watchers have predicted.

And that means the end of Democrat Nancy Pelosi’s reign as Speaker of the House, at least for the time being. Republican leader Kevin McCarthy announced his intention to take the gavel away from the speaker. It is best described as a poisoned chalice.

If McCarthy wins, his painfully slim majority will provide little wiggle room when it comes to legislation. McCarthy will have to cut deals with Democrats or Trump loyalists from the far right. In a council where each member imagines himself as president, the speaker can always find himself bowing to the will of Marjorie Taylor Green.

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It is hardly a recipe for national unity. Whatever happens in the Senate, which may be decided again in the Georgia run-off, America goes back to an era of divided government and two years of grinding trench warfare.

That raises a problem for Biden’s legislative agenda, echoing the plight of Barack Obama, who did big things in the first two years of his presidency but found slim victories over the next six years.

Biden, who campaigned as a bipartisan messenger and enjoyed some gains — on infrastructure, gun safety and veterans benefits — will now find Republicans more combative as everything is seen through the prism of the 2024 election.

Expect the Republican majority to begin a range of congressional investigations ranging from the reasonable (Biden’s failed withdrawal to Afghanistan) to the massive (Anthony Fauci’s coronavirus measures and Biden Hunter’s son Biden’s laptop).

Anticipate a fight to raise the ceiling of the US debt with the potential to wreak havoc in the economy. Anticipate a possible attempt by Maga’s wing of the party to impeach Biden on false grounds, which is seen as compensating the Democrats who twice beat Trump with final punishment.

But bypassing the Republicans could lead to a popular backlash and generate sympathy for the incumbent president.

Paul Ryan, the newest Republican House Speaker, from 2015 to 2019, warned in the new Control podcast: “The last thing I think the American people want to see is a new majority used as a tool for Trump’s campaign of revenge or retaliation. That is not the purpose of the majority. The majority is to serve The interests of the American people. Looking forward, not looking back to settle scores with some guys. So this is going to be a bit of a challenge.”

“It’s important that the adults in the room mitigate this not just by chasing down conspiracy theories, going into the rabbit hole or overstepping their bounds and just getting to the truth and making sure the executive branch is held accountable,” Ryan added.

Anticipate a possible attempt by Maga’s wing of the party to impeach Biden as compensation for Trump. Photo: Marc Felix/AFP/Getty Images

If Republicans are unable to resist rabbit holes, none of it will be healthy to govern a democracy, adding to the feedback loop that has dismayed millions of people and made them yearn to “drain the swamp” abroad like Trump in the first place.

Partisan news channels and social media will continue to pour fuel on the flames. Twitter, now controlled by Elon Musk, may welcome Trump in time for an epicly brutal presidential campaign.

And chaos will hurt America abroad. Biden has spent two years trying to rebuild alliances and assuring the world that his democracy is safe.

At a news conference in the state dining room on Wednesday, Biden recounted the story of how, right after taking office, he attended a meeting of G7 leaders and assured them that America was back. “Someone turned to me and said: How long?” It was a deadly question. ’till when?'”

In other words, was Trump just a pie or is Biden just a pic?

The sight of anti-election extremists ruling the US Capitol will not calm nerves in Berlin or Tokyo. Green, a congresswoman from Georgia, recently stated: “Under the republicans, not a single penny will go to Ukraine. Our country comes first.”

Even McCarthy warned Tuesday that Republicans would not write a “blank check” to Ukraine if they win the House. The bipartisan consensus in Washington on the issue — seen as crucial to Biden’s enduring theme of democracy versus authoritarianism — could collapse with huge global repercussions.

With a picture of Abraham Lincoln musing, Biden on Wednesday thought: “The American people have made it clear. They don’t want every day to be an ongoing political battle. There’s a lot of that going on. There’s a lot that we have to do. America’s future is too promising to be possible.” To be caught up in an endless political war.”

But while journalists have pressed him about whether to run in 2024, and with Trump expected to announce his candidacy for the White House next week, the next phase of the political war has already begun. Given America’s structural flaws and democratic deficit, it is likely that things will get worse before they get better.

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