John McManus, president and founder, The McManus Group
The Republican Party’s dysfunction in handling healthcare issues has dominated the news for the entire Trump presidency. Now many political analysts believe the Republican base’s frustration with the inability of the party to repeal Obamacare, despite controlling both chambers of Congress and the White House, makes a Democratic takeover of Congress in 2018 a real possibility. Midterm elections are low-turnout affairs, and the side that is most energized generally wins. Plus, the president’s party almost always loses a substantial number of seats in midterms.