The firing of Director Comey and the subsequent shit storm that has followed has been a huge PR blunder born of the authoritarian self-assurance that only a wealthy, disconnected CEO can possess. What’s even worse, depending on your political leanings, is that this debacle seems poised to make Congress impotent in pushing a Republican legislative agenda before the 2018 midterms.
On the Senate side of things, it would be inconsequential even if the Democrats managed to win the 7 Republican seats up for reelection. However, the House seems to be a place where they could in theory make a comeback. Doing so would probably result in a legislative gridlock, something Congress is famous for, that would create yet another hurtle for the Trump Administration.
If I had to advise a Republican facing an uncertain reelection bid, I would tell them to just stay silent about the Russia investigation. It doesn’t look like it is going to be resolved anytime soon and the opinions surrounding it are too volatile to keep from alienating part of their constituency. Unfortunately, Republican’s don’t have any big legislative wins to run on either. The first incarnation of Trumpcare was quickly killed by the libertarian Freedom Caucus while the second draft, although it has already passed the House, faces an uncertain future in the Senate.
Democrats need to push their advantage. It’s not going to be enough in 2018 or even in 2020 to just point a finger at the White House and screech about every scandal and alternative fact. They need to begin discussing with the public an alternative agenda that addresses the concerns of working class Americans and is more palatable than Clinton 2016. Carly Fiorina’s–yes, I know she’s a Republican–demon sheep ad was undoubtedly effective, political discourse can’t just center around how bad the other guy is. Hopefully last year’s defeat proved that to the Democratic establishment.