Why US politics will get more vicious after the midterms

For the past two years, the United States has been torn by partisan warfare unprecedented in most people's lifetimes. But compared with what we can expect after the midterm elections, this will look like a period of relative calm and tranquillity.

This will be particularly true if Democrats take control of the House. The minute the polls close, President Donald Trump and the prospective Democratic presidential candidates will be liberated to begin their campaigns for the 2020 election.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 01, 2018, with the headline 'Why US politics will get more vicious after the midterms'. Print Edition | Subscribe