The first returns suggested that the expected blue wave in the House would be a mere trickle. So much so that Donald Trump, celebrating an increased majority in the Senate, was proclaiming victory. But as the House count proceeded the pundits declared the trickle had, after all, surged into a wave and the satirists could not conceal their glee.

            The Borowitz Report had Trump, angry at recounts in Florida, berating “the sick obsession with finding out which candidate got the most votes”; and Putin making a concession speech, declaring the Democratic House victory “the biggest disappointment of my political career.”

            Meanwhile cartoonists in America and all around the world weighed, in, depicting Trump gazing at a Senate blue puddle, while the House blue wave is about to engulf him; Trump riding a sleigh with the House wheel falling off; the Republican elephant watching helplessly as the Democratic donkey pulls a rope around its legs; the Congressional “Years of the Woman”, showing women on the mountain top numbering 22% of House members in 2019 compared with 10% in 1993; Democratic and Republican cannons facing each other (“It’s going to be a long couple of years.”)

            As I see it:

A blue wave hit the House, it was almost a tsunami.
In the Senate they came second, so it’s not a double whammy.
While there’s not much they can do in terms of major legislating
They’ll be making lots of headlines when they start investigating.

 Corruption they will question, and they’ll do whatever’s needed
To ensure that Robert Mueller’s work continues unimpeded.
They’ll inquire into a multitude of e-mails and of faxes,
And of all the greatest treasure troves, the Donald’s income taxes.

So if you’re hoping for our politics to be much less disjointed,
For two years more at least you will be sorely disappointed.
The late night hosts will see it as a challenge to be witty,
But as a governmental model it will not be very pretty.

Posted on Friday, November 16, 2018 (Archive on Thursday, August 12, 2021)



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