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Praising the Coast Guard rescue effort or lamenting the impact of Florida flooding shouldn’t be too demanding for the White House. But this is the Trump White House, where the president babbles about “branding,” the social media guru is highly experienced as a golf caddy, and everybody denies climate change.

None of this clowning impressed Seth Meyers. (Neither did Steve Bannon’s 60 Minutes exit interview.)

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

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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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