The Cook Political Report is predicting the Democrats will pick up 30-40 seats in the House in Tuesday’s election. That’s an increase from a prior Cook report predicting a 25-35 seat gain. The forecast hints that a so-called “blue wave”—which Dems have been trying to talk into a reality for the better part of a year—is actually more likely to happen. The Dems only need to flip 23 seats in order to take control of the House.
—RELATED: Maxine Waters is promising payback if Democrats win control of the House. The California Democrat told a group of voters that if her party wins, she will be the chair of the powerful House Financial Services Committee, which will be her vehicle for exacting revenge on a variety of political enemies. Among the scores she has to settle are against Wall Street, CEOs of banks, and insurance companies. The Maxine mob ate up the promise of governing by vendetta.
Democrats and the media immediately blamed President Trump for the string of bomb threats made against liberals across the country on Wednesday. Pipe bombs and suspicious packages were sent to a list of the president’s main foes: Hillary and Bill Clinton, failed former president Barack Obama, John Brennan, Maxine Waters, George Soros, CNN, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Eric Holder and George Soros. CNN president Jeff Zucker said the president and Press Secretary Sarah Sanders don’t realize that their words matter. But rising incivility clearly should be on the minds of both sides of the aisle.
—“The president, and especially the White House press secretary, should understand their words matter. Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that.” -Zucker
—“We’ve seen calls for incivility from both sides of the political spectrum…If people are keeping score at home, so far the only people who have had blood spilled are the Republicans.” -Former FBI and CIA official Jeff Beatty
Maxine Waters has been charged with three ethics violations. The California Democrat was slapped with the charges Tuesday by the House ethics committee. Waters gave inappropriate bailout assistance to a bank to which she had personal connections, the charges allege. The ethics committee says Waters organized a meeting in 2008 between officials from the U.S. Treasury and executives of OneUnited Bank. The problem? Her husband was once a member of the company’s board and had large investments. OneUnited Bank got $12 million from the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the trough of bailout money pushers insisted was needed to prop up the economy during the depths of the Great Recession.