/ Bloomberg: Let Trump be Trump?
America's about to decide
Voters have a simple choice: Let the president run wild, or not?
Happy Midterms Eve
Politics can be complicated, but the choice for American voters in tomorrow's midterm elections is simple: Do you like what President Donald Trump has been doing and want it to intensify, or not?
And that “what Trump has been doing” includes not just stuff with obvious appeal, about which reasonable people can disagree (tax cuts, Iran sanctions), but also the kind of misbehavior we traditionally agree is “bad” — using office for personal gain, lying habitually, trashing alliances and branding media and political opponents enemies of the state. Trump isn't on the ballot tomorrow, but hundreds of Republicans in Congress, whose job it is to check such misbehavior, are. And they have done absolutely nothing to correct Trump, Bloomberg's editors point out. Therefore, they must go. Rewarding Republicans, and Trump, with still more unfettered power would be disastrous, the editors write: “Two more years of the same is unacceptable. It threatens to cause more damage than the nation can reasonably bear .” Read the whole thing .
The GOP's main counterargument has been to stir up race panic. Fox News and NBC today decided a Trump-funded ad was so race-baity they had to pull it from the air (though not before showing it to millions of viewers first). A vote for the GOP in the midterms will also validate this approach — which, as Francis Wilkinson writes, is not a tactic Trump invented (see Horton, Willie). And it could well stick around even after Trump is gone .
Democrats seem to have a good chance to take control of the House of Representatives (unless they blow it again , a real possibility on which some have bet real money , notes Leonid Bershidsky ). Jonathan Bernstein points out Dems won't be able to do much legislatively, aside from some priority-signaling show votes. But they can constructively spend every second of the next two years investigating the Trump administration — and legitimate investigations, not political spectacles such as the Benghazi hearings.
If checking Trump is the most important thing to come from this election, a surge in voter participation may be a close second. Not enough Americans vote in off-year elections, and that's bad. But Jonathan Bernstein , in a second column, suggests strong turnout this year isn't so much an upshot of a healthy democracy as a sign ours is badly in peril .
Mark Gongloff is an editor with Bloomberg Opinion. He previously was a managing editor of Fortune.com, ran the Huffington Post's business and technology coverage, and was a columnist, reporter and editor for the Wall Street Journal. . Petroleumworld does not necessarily share these views.
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