The big headlines from the 2018 midterm elections: Republicans strengthened control of the U.S. Senate and Democrats gained control of the House of Representatives. And some races are still too close to call.

But there is much more to unpack from the election results. What issues motivated Americans at the polls? What message did Americans send to Congress and the Trump Administration? What can a divided government accomplish over the next two years?

Rachel Campos-Duffy, Fox News host and wife of re-elected Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy, joined with me for a post-mortem discussion on the 2018 midterm elections.

Patrice: Rachel, what message do you think Americans sent with Tuesday's election results?

Rachel: Election night was a mixed bag.

The message from the Left was loud and clear: We hate Trump. Obstruct. Resist.

The message from Independent women in the suburbs was that they want more civility and decorum from their political leaders.

In rural America and the Rust Belt, where they can’t afford to send messages about style, they’re grateful for the blue-collar revival President Trump and the Republican Congress sparked. The companies and industries that Democrats said were “gone forever” to Mexico, China, and Vietnam are back and hiring!

Working class Americans from the towns where I live in Northwestern Wisconsin care more about results and knowing that someone in power is fighting for them – that they won’t be forgotten in a global economy. The results in just two years of Republican leadership have been undeniably good. The America First agenda is about their jobs and families. They resent the implication that there is anything racist about putting American families, farmers and workers first.

Finally, the American people sent a message loud and clear that the dirty tricks played by Democrats to stop the Kavanaugh confirmation would not be tolerated. Democrats were punished in this election for their evil plan. I hope the Democrats learned their lesson and that the women who have already admitted to lying about Brett Kavanaugh are punished by our justice system. What they did not only hurt the Kavanaugh family, it hurts real victims of sexual assault.


Patrice: Speaking of women, in this so-called “Year of the Woman” women notched many victories in the House and Senate. Which one or two races stood out to you and why?

Rachel: I was excited for Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s race. Her opposition was ruthless, going so low as to brand her a racist and a white supremacist. To me, these kinds of attacks are the ones the public should be most concerned about. They have the effect of turning good people away from the idea of public service. I was also glad to see that celebrity endorsements are losing their power. Voters are too smart to think that Taylor Swift has any idea about what is best for their families.


Patrice: Rep. Blackburn had a hilarious response to Swift’s endorsement the next morning, saying “Well, I hope Taylor will shake it off.” That was a good one!

So, looking forward how do you see the next two years unfolding for major issues like immigration, the economy, and healthcare?

Rachel: Immigration will continue to dominate the political conversation. Sensible Americans want a secure border, a path to citizenship for Dreamers, legalization for otherwise law-abiding illegals living in our country right now, and a system that rewards immigrants who go through the process legally — the right way. They want fairness. It’s the reason why legal immigrants are the people most opposed to our chaotic border and visa overstay problem. Donald Trump is a deal maker. If there is a deal to be made on immigration, President Trump is probably the only one who can make it happen.


Patrice: Speaking of deal-making, is there one area of bipartisanship that you can see?

Rachel: Infrastructure could be an area of bipartisanship. America needs to update and rebuild roads, bridges, and broadband in rural areas. America’s economy has never been better and the federal government has never collected more in taxes, so now when we are growing is the time to do it.

Plus, our “Builder-in-Chief” is chomping at the bit to do it. He actually wanted to take it on first, but Speaker Paul Ryan and others convinced him to take on healthcare first. In retrospect, Trump’s political instincts were probably right. In any case, he can take it on now that the Democrats have the House. But the deal will have to include the elimination of onerous rules and regulations that inflate costs and make projects take years and years to complete.

Stay tuned for more analysis of the 2018 midterm elections.

Also read: Modern Feminist: Rachel Campos-Duffy