Transcript for Battle for Congress: breaking down results of midterm elections
Joining us for insight and analysis, our powerhouse team of experts including former new Jersey governor Chris Christie, Donna Brazile, former chair of the DNC, Matthew dowd, political analyst. Former governor Chris Christie, what is your friend, Donald J. Trump, thinking tonight? What he always thinks, I won. He's going to say, I added seats in the United States senate. I went into red states that I'd won and got Republican senators there. Vanquished some people who opposed my agenda. And oh, the house? That was Paul Ryan's fault is I think what we'll hear at some point from the president. I think the president's going to look at that, look at the landscape of the governors, where he did better than expected, and say, this was a good night for me, and he'll move on. But I also think the one change I think he will make is, from an issues perspective, you'll see a guy who's going to look for opportunity to make an unexpected deal with house Democrats that gives him credibility moving into 2020. Donna Brazile, would your former chair of the democratic national committee work, Donald Trump be right in telling himself a story that he won? If you look at this historically, didn't he do better than most president dozen in their first midterm? No, because he didn't -- with a good economy, Donald Trump lost seats in the house of representatives. Democrats knew going into tonight that we had an opportunity to pick up some of the seats where the Republicans had retired or did not run. But what we saw tonight was that Democrats were able to even reach into some red state territory and pick up seats in the house and win back some key gubernatorial races, including in the state of Michigan and Kansas, which was a big surprise for Democrats. Matt, governor Kristy talked about the possibility of Donald Trump reaching across the aisle and cutting some sort of deal. Do you see that happening? I think it would be really smart. I think at this point in time every president that has been successful after a loss like this has figured out a way to make a deal with the other side. Bill Clinton did it after he was badly beat no one the '94 election. Barack Obama attempted to do it. Many of the presidents who have been successful in their presidency have done that. The question is, does he have the capacity to do that? Over a longer period of time than 24 or 48 hours? I think that's incouple BNT on him. The other thing is both sides in this, Democrat and Republican party, have things to celebrate and things to lament. I think they both do. Democrats suffered more losses than they expected to suffer. They expected to pick up more governorships. I think the Republicans had a good economy at their back and they have an unpopular president, and they lost the house, which could put them in dire danger of investigations. So they can both celebrate, but they also ought to identify their own wounds that came from tonight. Governor Kristy, a wild card is Robert Mueller. This investigation continues. Does the president have reason to be concerned? Well, I think, you know -- I've said all along, as long as there's a special counsel who has the ability to subpoena things, you should be concerned. Now you have Democrats who can subpoena things as well. That's a different story, that's in a political nature. This guy's a prosecutor who can send people to jail. The house Democrats are not going to be able to do that. So as long as there's special counsel out there who can serve subpoenas and bring criminal charges, you need to be concerned and wary of that. Until that shop closes down, the president has to be very careful about what he says and does vis-a-vis the special counsel. The house is a whole different political problem. A prosecutor problem is a much bigger one. With a wider majority in the senate does he have more leeway to be tough on the special counsel? No. Can he fire him? No. Because Republicans in the senate will not put up with firing Bob Mueller. They just won't. That will be a red line he knows he can't cross. If he thought he could, he would have done it a long time ago. He has a great sense of self preservation. Knows just about how far he can go before he gets himself in real trouble with the people he needs, like Republicans in the senate. What the Republicans' increased majority in the senate will do for him is allow him to appoint people, both to the bench and as replacements for cabinet members who leave, that he really wants because he's going to have a little leeway in the senate, maybe 54, maybe 55 votes, to be able to get people confirmed. We have seconds left here. I apologize for asking a big question. Do you have any optimism, given the current formulation in Washington, that we'll be able to see a reduction in tox sister any. Yes. Because Democrats campaign on the wave of hope and opportunity for all. I don't have much hope in the short-term. I have hope in the long-term. I think we're so divided today that it's going to take many years to get through this. Hope in the long-term, not in the short-term. Thank you all, really
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