F1002 Fall 2018 The Results of the 2018 Midterm Election: What Happened?!
Thursday, 1:00–2:30, Nov. 15
Church of the Good Shepherd
Instructor: Helen Desfosses
This one-time class will examine an increasingly heard exclamation in the Trump years: “What Happened?” While the president does not run in midterm elections, all 435 members of the House of Representatives do, as well as dozens of US senators. Yet not only did President Trump’s policies and politics strongly influence the midterm elections, but he cannot escape their impact on the last half of his first term and whether he will be nominated for, and elected to, a second term. This class will analyze this impact and investigate both what has happened historically in midterm elections and what did occur in 2018. This course will also assess influential events during the campaign, ranging from the uniqueness of Donald Trump, the Mueller investigation, the publication of blockbuster books, such as Michael Wolff’s, The Fire and the Fury, and James Comey’s, A Higher Loyalty. New and ongoing issues, such as immigration, crime, denuclearization, and Trump’s quest for a Nobel Peace Prize will also be discussed. Additionally, this course will assess political forces that played a significant role, including citizen action, the role of women voters and candidates, rivalries between workers and elites, and the chaos within both major political parties. Finally, we will explore the likely impact of the 2018 midterm elections on the evolution of our country’s ongoing culture and political environment on the 2020 election.
Dr. Helen R. Desfosses has taught many OLLI courses on contemporary politics. She bases her courses on her PhD in political science, her many years of research and teaching, as well as the lessons learned through her years of media commentary, campaigning, and serving in elected political office.