What would happen if Democrats actually take back the House?
The campaign for the midterm elections has focused on the political response to the Trump Administration, but what would happen if Democrats win back the House?
All extremes are bad; it’s true. But when it comes to politics, this danger is even more accentuated.
The last few months have focused on the political backlash against Trump Administration's agenda, trying to translate it into massive support for the Democratic caucus in the midterm elections.
But not everything is antagonism.
During the mid-term elections this year, only 35 seats of the 100 in the Senate, and all 435 in the House of Representatives will be debated, which would not allow an absolute Democratic majority in Congress, even if they win all the positions open to elections.
The figures are misleading because, despite the campaigns, the GOP has an important advantage over the Democrats in these elections, as they have to defend only nine seats in the Senate versus the 26 that the Democrats must keep.
The House of Representatives, on the other hand, is a different story, not only because all the seats are open to elections, but because 218 are needed for a majority, of which the Democrats must maintain 195 and win the rest.
In winning, the Democrats have assured that their priorities will be "the investment in infrastructure and the rising costs of prescription drugs," according to the New York Times. In addition, and as the party leader, Nancy Pelosi, explained, the blue bench aims to "show voters that the Democrats are a governing party, not the leftist mafia described by Mr. Trump."
In addition, the Democrats intend to extend their arm across the aisle, seeking bipartisan collaborations for a "more liberal agenda" to achieve popular support in the two remaining years of the Trump Administration.
This will include legislation on gun safety, a bill to grant permanent legal status and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrant youth and the so-called Equality Act that would "amend long-standing civil rights laws to extend legal protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity."
As for damage control, the Democrats could severely limit the power of President Donald Trump, blocking much of the agenda he has promoted over the past few months.
Historically, these elections are fundamental, since the Blue Party has only won the majority twice in the last fifty years (once in 1974 and once in 2006). Doing so now could change the way politics are done in the country for years to come.
With a majority in the House, and winning open positions in the Senate, the Democrats could give the green light to corruption investigations within the Trump Administration; they could suspend any obstruction to the work of the FBI and could accelerate the investigation of alleged collusion with Russia in the 2016 elections.