The biggest collateral mistake in the Hillary campaign was to concentrate heavily on the Presidency, not on the downstream races.  The Senate was lost along with many downstream seats.  This had been going on for some time. It was a tragic loss, leading to many of the grave troubles we face today.

This is happening today, once again, perhaps not as acutely, but because there are so many races, all over the place, in the House especially and in the Senate, the names get blurred.  There are too many variables.  Too many if’s and and’s.

Make no mistake about it, Biden for President is the main focus.  The news, the excitement (pro and con), everyone’s eyes are on him.  On what he says.  On who his V.P. will be.  On every little gesture.

However, if you slow down and stop and think about it, you can see that, although the Presidency is damned critical, the Senate is actually the most important race of all.  Win it, flip enough seats, and even if Trump were elected again, a Democratic Senate could really control the government.

Just imagine if Biden were to lose the race for President, but the Senate got flipped and became Democratic, the power would really be held in the hands of one man, a Senator, probably Schumer, who would become Senate Majority Leader (replacing our nemesis Mitch McConnell) to lead the other majority which would be Democratic Senators.  Mitch has already shown us how powerful the Senate is: it can block any bill, it can stand up or acquiesce to the President, it can confirm judges of one persuasion.  It’s the place where things really get done.

So it’s damned important to keep your eye on the Senate, in particular these individuals:

Doug Jones in Alabama (as a Democrat, he’s vulnerable)

Cory Gardner (R) in Colorado

Martha McSallt (R) in Arizona

Thom Tillis  (R) in North Carolina

Susan Collins (R) in Maine

Kelly Loeffler (R) in Georgia

Gary Peters (R) in Michigan

Steve Daines (R) in Montana

Joni Ernst in (R) Iowa

Edward J Markey (D) in Massachusetts

Amy McGrath (D) in Kentucky (she faces Charles Booker)

We have to make sure the big money, the attention, the heavy guns so to speak, all of the best efforts are focused on these races, come what may for everyone else.  If they were to become household names, as famous and well-known as Biden, and people realize what was at stake here, it would increase the odds of flipping the Senate.

And, without flipping the the Senate, remember, even if we got a Democratic President and a Democratic House, nothing, absolutely nothing, will get done.

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  1. About these:

    Edward J Markey (D) in Massachusetts

    Amy McGrath (D) in Kentucky (she faces Charles Booker)

    Say what?

    Markey faces a primary challenge from Joe Kennedy III and the seat is pretty unlikely to switch from Democratic hands, either way. (One of the GOP candidates is a conspiracy theory nut who ran two years ago against Elizabeth Warren as an Independent–after initially filing to run in the GOP primary before dropping out–and got less than 3.5% of the vote while Warren’s GOP opponent got 36%.)

    As for McGrath, she won the Democratic primary in Kentucky so she faces “Moscow” Mitch McConnell (unless Booker plans to run an Independent campaign that will do nothing but ensure McConnell stays in the Senate).


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