You never get a second chance to make a first impression
Hi guys! I’m back at it again. But I want to be up front, because I respect my readers. This article is going to branch off into pure speculation. Granted, it’s speculation based on more than 50 years, but it is speculation nonetheless. If you don’t happen to care for a look into a possible future, then I’ll see y’all in the next article. For those of you up for a look at what’s possible, and how I see it playing out, then read on.
For the purposes of this article, I am proceeding with two hypotheses. The first is that Joe Biden will win the election in November. I have already written at length why I am confident that he will do so, and every time that Trump gets out of bed in the morning,he only adds to my confidence. The second hypothesis is that the Democrats will retake the Senate in November. Twice in the last three days, pollster Charlie Cook has said that his only question in November is where in the range of 54-58 seats the final Democratic majority lies. And the more I look at the polling, and the map, the harder I find it to disagree with him.
So there’s the starting point, Biden wins the White House, and the Democrats retake the Senate. But if that happens on November 3rd, don’t look for a whole lot of chest thumping and river dancing to be going on in the halls of congress. There’s far too much important work to be done.
The Democrats in the House will have to be vigilant to stop any last minute nonsense from the GOP dominated Senate during the lame duck session. And the Democratic minority in the Senate will have to be on their hind legs to try to stall and block as many last minute appointments as McConnell can try to ram through onto the federal bench. Bit even more important, returning Democrats in both the House as ell as the Senate will already be busy crafting legislation for newly elected President Biden’s first 100 days.
Because this is not a normal election. In a normal election, the House or the Senate switches hands, the White House may switch hands, and things just keep churning on as normal. This is a seminal election. In this election, the people will choose whether we will choose to remain a functional democracy that believes in the rule of law, or whether we will slip into a dictatorship at the hands of Donald Trump. It is as simple as that. And if Biden wins, then we need to strike while the iron is hot.
The first change will take place before Biden is even sworn into office. In the first week of the new session, on day one, newly minted Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will pull the trigger on the nuclear option, and will abolish the filibuster for legislative purposes. He has no choice. Whether McConnell survives or not, the surviving GOP caucus in the Senate will use the filibuster to stall Biden’s agenda. The Democrats will have a firm mandate to govern, and to do that, they have to be able to pass bills through the Senate.
The pace will be dizzying. Watch for the House to reintroduce the George Floyd police reform bill, which will pass, and which Biden will sign. Watch for the passage of a mammoth new infrastructure bill, with hundreds of billions being set to work creating new American jobs that can’t be shipped overseas. And to pay for the infrastructure bill, watch for the Democratic congress to pass a bill that overturns the giveaway for the richest 1/10 of 1% from Trump’s tax bill.
The Democrats have a window of opportunity here. They will have a mandate to legislate, to govern. And by passing bills and signing laws that make life better for everyday Americans, they can prove that they always had the solutions, and by so doing, they will ensure that the Republican party will become a regional party. Incapable of seriously challenging for the White House for at least a generation. After all, who, even in a red state, doesn’t want to be able to take their kid to the doctor?
As I said at the top, this is all pure speculation. But given the horror show that Trump has unleashed upon the landscape for the last 4 years, the Democrats may well be presented with an opportunity to reshape that landscape onto something better. And if they do, then all for the good.
To know the future, look to the past.before the insanity of the 2020 election, relive the insanity of the 2016 GOP primary campaign, and the general election, to see how we got to where we are. Copies of President Evil, and the sequel, President Evil II, A Clodwork Orange are available as e-books on Amazon, at the links above. Catch up before the upcoming release of the third book in the trilogy, President Evil III: All The Presidents Fen
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