A day after the 2022 “Election Day” concluded, control of the U.S. House of Representatives remains undecided because several dozen races remain unresolved.
Originally published at WND News Center. Used with permission.
So far, Republicans have about 207 seats, while Democrats have about 187.
Two hundred eighteen seats are needed for a majority, and Republicans were forecast by analysts to end up with about 225 to 228.
That’s still possible, and that likely would make Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., the House speaker.
If the Republicans become the majority, by getting a minimum of just 11 more seats, Nancy Pelosi would no longer be speaker, losing her privileges, special status and extra pay.
Among other changes that would loom: Pelosi’s partisan Jan. 6 investigation commission? Likely on the scrap heap.
Instead, investigations of Anthony Fauci and COVID. And Hunter Biden and his laptop. Possibly even Joe Biden and those payments to the Biden family empire that appear to have come from unusual sources in China and Russia.
Further, Joe Biden’s spending will be tempered by the GOP agenda and its priorities. Unless, of course, Biden jumps off into the ocean of random executive orders more.
And don’t forget impeachments. Some GOP members already have discussed using it as a political tool against Biden, as Democrats did against President Trump. A simple majority in the House could leave Biden, as Pelosi charged against Trump, “impeached forever,” even though involuntary removal from office would be unlikely.
Others are saying it should be used legitimately to remove some of Biden’s appointees, the ones Republicans say are straying far beyond their constitutional authority.
The BBC reported, “With any form of majority, Republicans will be able to slam the door shut on the Democratic legislative agenda and ramp up investigations into the Biden administration. That is a win by any measure.”
The numbers in the House were lining up for Republicans even despite Biden’s whole-of-government agenda to recruit voters from Democrat-leaning groups, and many of the questionable procedures regarding mail-in ballots and such used during 2020 still in place in states.
Control of the Senate remained dependent on the last few races that still had not been called. That perhaps more than a lot of other factors documented the deep divisions that exist across America between the parties.
While Biden boasted of becoming a “unifier” during his campaign for the presidency, his actions have done exactly the opposite, pushing far apart the two sides with his agenda for abortion, transgenderism, an open southern border and huge deficit spending.
Then there was his insistence that conservatives are “semi-fascists” and that voting against a Democrat was voting against democracy itself, even though the United States is a republic.
The House flip to the GOP may well foretell bad news for Democrats in the next presidential race, just two years out, too.