[Ed. – Upper hand? Could be. At least not a “lower ” one.]
For Republicans in Congress, Tuesday’s results were a mixed bag: They increased their hold on the Senate but lost their majority in the House of Representatives.
Perversely, both outcomes had the effect of burning off the GOP’s Trump-doubting outliers, leaving behind a purified party less given to ideological squabbles and ready to unite behind the president.
Congressional Democrats got their dearest wish: control of the House — and the unfettered subpoena power that comes with its committee chairmanships.
To do it, they flipped at least 30 formerly Republican congressional districts in 19 states, many by razor-thin margins. …
But these incoming freshmen ran on promises to oppose their own party’s progressive leadership. Unlike the firebrand democratic socialists headed to Congress from deep-blue districts, the new class of “blue dog” moderates will be the Democrats’ most vulnerable members in 2020.