This election wasn’t fought over the issues we deal with here at Lawfare. It was about the economy, jobs, spending, health care, and all that jazz. Yet national security issues always lurk in the background in the post-9/11 era. For whatever it’s worth, I suspect the election’s impact on issues of the law of security will be, in substantive terms, minimal, though we may see a lot of symbolic squabbling over them.
As I write this post, it is clear that Republicans will take control of the House of Representatives, but it looks like they will not take control of the Senate–which is to say that voters seem to have borne out pretty closely the conventional wisdom that has reigned over the past few weeks. Assuming this pans out, the question arises what change Republican control can plausibly be expected to bring about in the arena of the law of national security?