Most presidents expect a ‘bloody nose’ in the first set of midterms, says former British Ambassador to US

Most presidents expect a ‘bloody nose’ in the first set of midterms, says former British Ambassador to US

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Sir Christopher Meyer has said that most sitting presidents expect a “bloody nose” in their first set of midterms, as the US Democrats took control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections.

This is the first time the Democrats have taken control of the House in eight years.  

Mr Meyer, a former British Ambassador to the United States, told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “This doesn’t tell us very much different from any other midterm election.

“Most sitting presidents expect to get a bloody nose in the first set of midterms. It happens time after time.

“So you can say this is part of the course, and even less than a bloody nose than in previous elections.

“The great blue wave, also known as the great democratic wave, which was predicted by some pundits, did not take place.”

 

An impeachment 'is doomed to fail' 

However, Mr Meyer said it was more "interesting", that the Republicans are set to increase their current slim 51-49 majority in the Senate.

“There has been a normal exchange in the House of Representatives from Republican control to Democratic control,” he said.

“Equally, if not more interesting that the Republicans have strengthened their hold on the Senate.

“One of the things that this means is any hope that the Democrats have of launching an impeachment against Trump is doomed to fail.

“You would launch it in the House and then the Senate acts as a court that decides whether the impeachment is justified or not.

“There is no way with a Republican majority that any move in the House to impeach him will succeed.

“That is one big thing that we can take away from this election.”

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