Lanhee Chen: The Big Story Behind the 2018 Election
Americans turned out on Tuesday in big numbers to vote in a critical and hotly contested midterm election. While Democrats were able to win control of the House, the big story is that Republicans will add to their majority in the U.S. Senate. That’s significant for two reasons: First, the incoming freshman class of GOP Senators includes an impressive group of leaders like Mitt Romney, Josh Hawley, and Rick Scott who will stand for policies that promote economic growth, provide for a strong national defense, and advance conservative reforms. Second, and perhaps more importantly, a Republican Senate means that President Trump’s appointees—in particular to the federal courts—will continue to be confirmed. This is great news for those who value constitutional restraint and the rule of law. The 2018 midterm election was consequential indeed. And its impacts will surely be felt for years to come.