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“It’s like the devil making a deal with the devil.”

That’s how Jimmy Kimmel describes Donald Trump campaigning in Texas for his former adversary Ted Cruz, who faces a spirited challenge from Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke. To illustrate the point, Jimmy and his producers cut a Trump commercial for Senator Cruz that recalls all the high points of their relationship.

Kimmel closes with his most persuasive argument for a Cruz defeat: After he debased himself again by kissing Trump’s ass, how funny would losing be?

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, left, and former President Donald Trump.

Photo by Kevin McCarthy (Public domain)

In the professional stratum of politics, few verities are treated with more reverence than the outcome of next year's midterm, when the Republican Party is deemed certain to recapture majorities in the House and Senate. With weary wisdom, any pol or pundit will cite the long string of elections that buttress this prediction.

Political history also tells us that many factors can influence an electoral result, including a national crisis or a change in economic conditions — in other words, things can change and even midterm elections are not entirely foretold. There have been a few exceptions to this rule, too.

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