Unhingery abounds on the path to the bunker. MSNBC reports that angry Trumpists are demonstrating at the Phoenix vote counting center (Maricopa County Elections Dept.) because Fox News called the election for Biden.
Dave Karpf wrote another of those pieces that don’t allow us to savor a Biden victory
A narrow victory is better than nothing. But it is so much less than what we needed. It is a foreboding sign for what will come next.
In 2009, Barack Obama began his presidency with a faltering economy and a goal of building bipartisan coalitions to solve big policy problems. As minority leader in the Senate, McConnell held the Republican caucus together, refusing to partner with Obama on anything while slowing down all legislative activity and weakening the recovery. This was a strategic bet on McConnell’s part — as he explained to National Journal, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” He believed that he could be totally blatant in his obstruction, and Obama would still take the blame. The strategic bet paid off. Obama and the Democrats were blamed for the slow economic recovery and ongoing partisan divisions. The 2010 election was a rout in favor of Republicans in Congress, and they took the House and nearly the Senate. McConnell pursued a similar strategy in the 2014 midterms, with similar results that made him majority leader.
Next year, Biden will inherit a pandemic and an economy teetering on the brink of a recession, if not a depression. It’s not at all guaranteed that Congress will pass a new stimulus bill during the lame-duck session, although McConnell says he wants to. The economy might crater if there is no relief package amid the next surge of coronavirus cases. If so, McConnell will face a familiar choice: collaborate with Biden for the good of the country or stonewall all efforts at effective governance in the hopes that it will help Republicans in the 2022 midterms.
The Dems came up short in Congress, will it affect undoing the Trump disasters.
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