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2018 Midterms' Job Done: Both Parties Humbled

us president donald j trump on his way to a 2018 midterm rally

President Donald J. Trump approaching Marine One for a short flight to Andrews Air Force Base then on to a political rally in Columbia, Mo., in the lead-up to the 2018 midterms Nov. 1, 2018. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

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No political party — not in the U.S., not in any democratically governed country, should ever become complacent.

So, the Republicans kept the U.S. Senate and the Democrats took the U.S. House.

That's what Washington, D.C. is about. The pendulum swings.

It's one of the rules of the game we call politics, and it doesn't neuter the sitting president.

That's not what happened under then-President Barack Obama and it's not going to happen under President Donald Trump.

It will not paralyze Congress.

Both Republicans and Democrats needed to be humbled. On November 6, they were.

Sometimes, little brothers can teach big brothers a thing or two. There is no better example of this than Israel and their Labor Party.

Labor was once thought to undefeatable. They were thought to be the one and only party with power. That, as they say, was then. Today they are a shadow of their former selves.

Tomorrow they might become a distant memory of glorious days gone by.In politics you can't rest on your laurels. Midterm elections in the U.S. are a "release valve" for the voting public.

They are about releasing frustrations over promises made — but not yet kept.

They are about dreams that have been dashed. More importantly, for the voters and elected officials, they are a reality check. And that's good.

Presidential elections are, to borrow a phrase, about "hope and change."

Midterm elections are when voters keep the people they have put into power in check by reminding them that it is they, the voters, who have the real power.

The electorte vents, they get it off their proverbial chest. Two years later, energized and anxious, voters are geared up to either replace or reaffirm the commander in chief.

A lot will happen between now and 2020.

Now that Democrats have control of the House of Representatives there are important and serious issues we need to monitor. Many of those issues have to do with Israel and the Mideast region.

The Mideast will be the test for the traditional Democratic party.

Several senior members of the Democratic party, House leaders, have been, since their careers began, traditional and long standing friends of Israel. Most notably those leaders are JerryNadler, Eliot Engel, Sen. Chuck Schumer.

Support for Israel was one of the basic building-blocks supporting each of their careers.

They are all from New York and they are now the senior voices in the Democratic party.

But that once unwavering support for the Jewish state is now showing some cracks. And the people hacking away at their support are not the old voters, they are younger and newly-elected politicians nipping at their heels.

With the changes taking place in their party, the question now arises as to whether Sen. Schumer, and Reps. Nadler and Engel will make the decision and the subsequent effort to educate these would-be, could-be, protégés and assist the younger party voices.

Will senior voices in the Democratic party influence the younger voices and mentor them and bring them into an understanding of just how important Israel is to U.S. foreign policy?

Or, will these senior politicians cast off their long standing friendship and adopt the point of view of many of these newly elected colleagues, a point of view that is often virulently and acerbically and loudly unsupportive of Israel and often very critical of Israel and even anti-Israel?

Senior politicians may think that this new wave is not a 2018 mid-term election anomaly. They may think that it is future direction of our country.

And, they may rationalize, in order to get the votes of the young Americans that they continue to need and rely on, they will have to throw Israel to the winds.Israel will certainly be one significant litmus test for Democrats.

The other will be Iran.The Trump presidency has been defined, in large part, by his decision to check Iran's nuclear advancement. If Congress, under Democrat control, attempts to chip away at this diplomatic initiative, it will signal the collapse of the traditional Democratic model.

This president will not allow that to happen.

Donald J. Trump will sign as many executive orders as he feels necessary to bypass Congress. If the isolated but vocal young voices now heckling Schumer, Nadler, and Engel and their colleagues turn into a groundswell; if they convince the old-timers to abandon their convictions and long-held beliefs in what has been good for our country, what is best for our country — then our country will be dramatically and perhaps irrevocably changed.

That is something that we should worry about.

Micah Halpern is a political and foreign affairs commentator. He founded "The Micah Report" and hosts "Thinking Out Loud with Micah Halpern" a weekly TV program and "My Chopp" a daily radio spot. A dynamic speaker, he specializes in analyzing world events and evaluating their relevance and impact. Follow him on Twitter @MicahHalpern. To read more of this reports — Click Here Now.

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Midterm elections in the U.S. are a "release valve" for voters. They are about releasing frustrations over promises made, but not yet kept. They are about dreams dashed. More importantly, for the voters and elected officials, they are a reality check. That's good.
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