The November 8 congressional elections could not come to an end even two weeks after the formal voting date, and the long and agonizing “counting of the votes” continued. The announcement of the final results may take another couple of weeks, but already the first preliminary results can be seen. It’s safe to say that the Republicans have now definitely won at least 220 seats in the House of Representatives, that is 50% + 3 votes, and even if all the other vacant seats ended up in the hands of the Donkeys by “magic” and Democratic fraud, the lower house of parliament will still be controlled by the Elephants. Republican Kevin McCarthy was elected leader of the Congressional Caucus in the US House of Representatives and is an obvious candidate for the position of speaker. He was even able to be congratulated by Joe Biden, who had earlier publicly pinned his hopes on his friend from the “over 80” club, Nancy Pelosi, to remain as head of the House of Representatives. However, when the bottom line became clear, Biden slyly and almost duplicitously declared that he was willing to work with Republican lawmakers to ensure “results for working families” and, of course, on the issue of supporting Ukraine. Now all McCarthy has to do is waiting for a formal vote on his candidacy, where congressmen from his party will elect him to the coveted post.
In the Senate, the situation is reversed: the Democrats are likely to have 50 seats, and that would be enough for them to keep Vice President Kamala Harris as the deciding vote in the upper chamber. Even this outcome should make the Democrats very happy, although they got it, as comical as it sounds, by “anti-democratic” methods and fraud. The President of the U.S. was not kidding when he said he was happy with the results of the mid-term elections and was looking forward to the next couple of years of his presidency. Nancy Pelosi also expressed joy, saying that “although many races are still very tight, it is clear that the Democratic representatives in the House and candidates are already performing well above expectations nationwide”. The worst predictions were predicting their loss of the Senate and the balance of power in the House of Representatives at almost 250 to 185, but in the end, there was only a slight weakening of their position, and in fact the status quo has been maintained. Now it will be difficult for the Republicans not only to impeach Joe Biden, but to bring him any meaningful legislative trouble at all. The negative prophecies have clearly not come true.
Yet the balance of power in Congress, strange as it may sound, is not the main outcome of the election. The real consequences of electoral events are expressed in two important trends. First, it has been clearly demonstrated that there is no good old-fashioned democracy in the U.S., and the outcome of the election is determined only by the administrative influence and economic power of the elites behind one party. Secondly, it has once again shown in a clear way that there is two and not one single united America, where the Americans live in their own world. They also, no less than the “secret” elites, do not care about the paltry gap between the “right” and “wrong” candidates, albeit fair estimated between 3 and 5% in a competitive vote. Furthermore, the U.S., considered in other parts of the world as the source of globalization, seem to be rather a victim of it.
Where once, regardless of party affiliation, a “good guy” could become a congressman in any district, now the European system is becoming more and more entrenched, and voters are committed to strictly one party, even if the latter is run by an unqualified person. The West and East Coasts share almost an “electoral front” with the Center of the country, and the narrow strip of undecided voters is negligible compared to the scale of voter “adjustment” that governors and state attorneys can afford. This situation breeds not only despair, but hatred among rank-and-file Democrats and Republicans for each other. Sociological polls back in October gave the Republicans a serious advantage. Even in the 1990’s and the 2000’s, economic failures under the responsibility of the Democrats would have forced a wide range of independent voters to choose in favor of their opponents.
The economic situation in the country before the election was also very difficult indeed. U.S. inflation has slowed down, but consumer prices as of October results were still rising quite considerably with 7.7% year-on-year after an 8.2% increase a month earlier. Specifically, U.S. food prices rose 0.6% month-on-month in October, and energy prices rose 1.8% for the first time after declining for the last three months. However, over the year, food prices rose 10.9% and energy prices rose 17.6%. The slight improvement in the price situation was partly for speculative reasons, and was just the result of short-term restrictive measures. Thus, the situation on the oil market is good for the Democrats so far. The world prices for oil at the beginning of October accelerated their fall between 3 and 3.7%, and the cost of Brent crude oil dropped below $89 per barrel for the first time on 4 October. The market was reacting to the news that U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration was planning to release from its strategic reserve another 10 to 15 million barrels of oil. Nevertheless, any adverse change in the oil market could nullify the positive effect for the Biden administration and accelerate inflation again. The actions of the Federal Reserve also contributed to the decline in inflation. The U.S. Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate by 75 basis points, to 3-3.25% per year at the end of its September meeting, which could not but result in a slight decline in inflation. And yet, all these twists and turns had no effect on Americans’ decision: everyone was blindly committed to their own party. The main growth in Republican support came from states and districts already loyal to them, demonstrating the geographical gap between different regions of the country.
The bacchanalia that occurred during the voting made the situation even worse. In fact, the elections were actively falsified and used the resource of influence of the state leadership. Postal voting was a symbol of what was going on: while even in the official Democratic polls the Republicans were ahead by 2-3%, the postal vote gave them a 25-30% lead. It was clear to everyone that this was the Democratic Party’s way of solving problems. Before the election, they were the ones who talked the loudest about not expecting any wrongdoing in the election, which clearly hinted that they would be the authors of the election. At the beginning of November, the White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that the U.S. police had not yet found any concrete threats to the country’s security in the run-up to the upcoming mid-term elections. She also criticized former President Donald Trump’s words that radical U.S. Democrats were harassing their political opponents. As soon as irregularities became apparent, everything was put down to the changeover to winter time or technical problems, and “voter intimidation” was allegedly committed by unknown persons. However, the reality was different, and the elections turned into a real show of mockery of American democracy. Some cases were even comical: two congressmen who died in October were re-elected to the House of Representatives.
Democrat-loyal digital security experts and researchers have also alleged Russian attempts to interfere in the midterm elections for the U.S. Congress. They allegedly revealed a series of Russian information operations to influence the U.S. election to possibly weaken support for Ukraine. Nevertheless, the threat to legitimacy was much closer than a distant and cold Moscow, and was located in the D.C. area. Biden made no secret of his willingness to go to any lengths and tricks to get the result he wanted even before the vote. Announcing his speech on the results of the last congressional elections, Biden almost confessed, though he used figurative language: “Democracy doesn’t happen by accident. We have to defend, strengthen, and renew it. I’ll have more to say this afternoon, but thanks to the poll workers and officials that worked into the night to safeguard our sacred right to vote.” Of course, it is clear that “democracy” for him is the power of the Democratic Party, and the efforts of officials were reduced to massive falsifications.
All this made the results of the election almost illegitimate in the eyes of American citizens. The elections were quite scandalous not only because of the “non-transparent” voting by mail but also because about two million “unreal voters” were put on the electoral lists even before November 8, and that personal data of every eighth voter contained significant inaccuracies. This perception is even present among Democratic voters: they are well aware that if the Republican Party comes to power, the government’s manipulation and fraud machine will start working against them. The Washington Times wrote before the vote that the midterm elections for the U.S. Congress will show whether the state is heading to recovery or perdition. The authors of the article, like us, thought that “two fundamentally different Americas” would appear on the ballot. After the elections, it has become clear that resolving such differences by peaceful expression of will is now almost pointless for supporters of both parties. No one would any longer believe in the fairness of such an election, and the result would no longer matter to anyone. The American state is headed not toward recovery, but toward civil war, as we have written before.