BreakThru News, Ep. 36: The Midterms


By Charlotte Thun-Hohenstein

It is difficult to imagine a more sweeping outcome than the results of Tuesday’s midterm elections: Not only do Republicans possess a greater majority in Congress than they’ve had since just after World War II, but they also now hold the most state legislatures they’ve had in nearly a century. The final tally showed that the GOP now controls both chambers in 29 states.

This would be already formidable in and of itself, but the effect is exacerbated by the fact that Democrats enjoy the same level of exclusive power in only only 11 states. While those on the right are enjoying a sense of unbridled triumph, the proverbial silver lining for liberals remains utterly elusive.

President Obama’s repose in the face of this situation is, therefore, remarkably unruffled. He has declared that the outcome has even energized him, “because it means democracy is working,” and announced hopes over the coming months for bipartisan cooperation. Top priorities include addressing the recent ebola outbreak, the national budget, and the military response to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). On the other side of isle, incoming Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell stated the need to start with the “things we can agree on to make progress.” A very cautious sense of hope seems in order.

This week, BreakThru News was joined by Radio Dispatch co-host John Knefel to talk about the political ramifications of this year’s midterm elections. Of all the issues that seem the most likely to rise above protracted squabbles, he ranks decisions over ISIS at the top. The militant group has been on the back-peddle of late, even ceding ground in Iraq, in the face of efforts made by an international coalition. For better or for worse, John believes that Republicans are likely to support greater military action.

Video Credits
Host, Writer – Charlotte Thun-Hohenstein
Video Editor – Andy Morell
Script Supervisor – Matthew DeMello

with guest – John Knefel