What Happened to the 'Blue Wave'? CBN Political Analyst John Waage Weighs In
- John Waage gave us abrilliant analysis and his
crystal ball has shattered at his feet.
John, what happened?
- First Pat, I'm gonnasay what pundents almost
never say at least onthe air, I was wrong.
I really did think, and you mentioned the
healthcare issue which was very potent
throughout the countryfor Democrat's running
for the House.
And I really thought thatthey'd give the Republican's
more credit for trying.
The Republican House did pass repeal,
it was, as you said, in theSenate where it faltered
and I didn't know orbelieve they would punish
House members that much.
And also I think it wasa way to get back at
President Trump for a lot of people
who didn't want to see results of 2016.
- You felt the House and it really wasn't
a view blue wave, it's a blue trickle.
Ultimately, how manyseats now did they switch?
- Well, it's in theneighborhood of, it's over 30.
And so it's more like astream, maybe not a trickle,
maybe not a wave, butit's probably a stream.
And you know, the count is still going up,
and there's still severalseats that are being counted
as always happens everytwo years, but roughly
228 Democrat's, 207Republican's at this point.
- That's not a wave,but it's substantial--
- Yeah, it's a substantialvictory for the Democrat's.
And now, Washington'sgonna have to recalculate.
The White House has to recalculate about
how they do all these things.
And I was very interestedin what you mentioned
about the healthcarething because one thing
it would do for President Trump,
that was something he ran on.
And he could say, this isanother campaign promise
fulfilled if they can manage to get,
herd all those cats at the same time.
- Well I think the House has already got,
they've got the legislation all laid out,
all they gotta do isjust repass what they've
already passed, send it to the Senate,
and with Mitch McConnellin charge of that,
they say look, why not, let's get this
thing through, President signs it.
And the Democrat's and theHouse couldn't over turn it.
That would be like it.
- If they could get thereplace done along with
the repeal.- Gotta do that.
Can't take one away without the other.
All right, let's talk about the Senate.
How many seats, they lost Nevada.
Which you were counting on holding,
but Marsha Blackburn just really swept
Bredesen in Tennessee, it was an
amazing victory for that lady.
- Yes, and Ted Cruz wasable, as Gary reported
to hold on in Texas.
And so and of coursethe incumbent in Nevada,
it's still, he's gone downto defeat Dean Heller.
- [Pat] That's right.
- The Republican.
But they did, as you see Jacky Rosen there
will be the new senator from Nevada.
But there were three anti Kavanaugh votes
among the Democrat's, who all lost
and that would be ClaireMcCaskill in Missouri,
Heidi Heitkamp in NorthDakota, and Joe Donnelly
in Indiana, so therewas a Kavanaugh effect
in the US Senate, andthere will be a greater
number of senators,regardless of what happens
with the couple races that are still out.
Tester is slightly behind in Montana,
at this point, and MarthaMcSally has a razor thin
lead in Arizona, we don't knowwhen those will be called,
but that will effect the margin too.
- [Pat] So we're looking atmaybe three additional seats?
- Yeah, three or four.
- Three or four?- Three or four.
- Well that's not too bad.
- No it's enough to,presumably, it's enough to
have some action on justicesof the Supreme Court
should that come to a--
- I think Mitch McConnell,as I understand,
he's calling him back in for a specific
session to confirm anumber of appointees to
the courts, the lower courts.
- Yes, yes, and he hasbeen very very judicious,
we could say about that issue.
- Well now what about that thing in Texas,
ya know, somebody said that you gotta
conservative Republicanstate, you're not gonna
switch it, we thought that Menendez of all
the scandals he had wouldgo down and he didn't.
- Yeah, it's madder in New Jersey.
And John James was narrowlydefeated by Debby Stabenow
in Michigan, there werea lot of close races.
Even Joe Manchin won, whichstarted in the evening,
it looked like he wasgonna win by 18 points,
he ended up winning by three points.
It wasn't much, Morrisseycame pretty close.
So they had a series of close races,
it could've gone higher,but in this case it didn't.
- Do you think Manchin may shift?
I mean, I really likehim, he's a terrific guy.
- Yeah, I don't know whatit would take for him
to do that, a committeechairmanship or something like that.
But as you have mentioned on the air,
there is precedence forWest Virginia Democrat's
- Well governor said absolutely.
- And I don't know howcomfortable he's going
to be having to linewith the West Virginia
values and at the sametime, follow Chuck Schumer's
lead in the Senate, that could be
a tough tight rope to walk.
- Well any other thoughts aboutwhere we're going from here?
What happened to Virginia,by the way it was just--
- Virginia is becoming apretty solidly blue state.
And I think that the wholeentrichment of federal
government and the liberalization based on
the urban growth in Northern Virginia,
and here in Hampton Rhodes,is changing the demographics
I do think Pat, that peoplevoted for a divided government
that's what they voted for.
And people who travel inairports beginning in 2019,
are gonna have to listenCNN doing hearings,
covering hearings onTrump's business dealings
for the last 40 years.
And this is what the electorate voted for.
- A fellow named Eric Canter,
he was majority leader ofthe United States House
of Representatives, and hewas a tremendous leader.
So a group of dissidents,well, he don't care enough
about us, and so they hadanother awful election.
They dumped him out, putBrad in, Brad comes in,
he loses the seat in theseventh district of Richmond.
The lady up in northern Virginia--
- Barbara Comstock.- there was a strong
supporter of Trump, theRepublican and they won
against her, what do they call it?
Trump, they gave her a name,took her to the 10th district,
took her out and--
- [John] Scott Taylor.
- the second district, Scott Taylor,
Elaine Lorie ran an incredible campaign,
but more than anything,the Democrat's picked
for their Senate candidate a man who had
strange ties to racism and the old south
and the KKK, and all that.
- The Republican's?- Yeah, it was ridiculous.
And they had a man named NickRearus who was a superman,
a former combat warrior, a terrific guy.
He got beat by this fellowin northern Virginia
and he lost substantially to Tim Cain,
who should've been beat.
- Right, there was a realproblem with fielding
candidates, and even thecandidates who were relatively
strong ones, Dave Brattwas a good congressman.
And it went right down to the wire,
I mean it was a very very narrow loss.
But that's such his lifein Virginia right now.
The days of Jim Gilmore andbig margins in the House
and House of delegates are you know over.
- Anyhow, that's the way it is.
Well, ladies and gentleman, we'll keep our
eyes open on what's happening.
But you can say it wasa win for Trump when
it's all finished, I mean.
- He invested a lot personally in running
race after race after race,he went to so many states.
And did achieve what he set out to do.
- Certainly in Florida, major major thing.