MINOT, N.D. — For at least the next two years, Democrats will control the U.S. House, the U.S. Senate and the White House.
Republicans have President Donald Trump to blame for this, and not just because that supposed political mastermind couldn't manage to get himself re-elected against a doddering Joe Biden.
Trump cost Republicans those Senate seats in Georgia that were won by Democrats last night. As I write this, Republican Kelly Loeffler has lost and the other Republican, David Perdue, is losing by a number of votes no recount is going to overcome.
Why is Trump to blame? "With control of the Senate at stake in the state’s two races, the president chose to spend weeks peddling baseless claims that Georgia’s electoral system was rigged, fueling an online movement to boycott Tuesday’s election," Politico reports. "He demonized the state’s Republican leaders and fractured the local GOP."
These days, to hear the vocal-but-shrinking number of Trumpkins tell it, to criticize Trump is to abandon conservatism. You either believe Trump is a good president or you're a RINO. Which is to say, a Republican-in-name-only.
And yet, who blundered his way through the 2020 election to the point where a milquetoast such as Joe Biden — Joe frickin' Biden! — won the White House? Who did little to advance a conservative platform over the last four years, outside of some executive orders that will be quickly overturned once Biden is in office?
Who, when control of the Senate was on the line in Georgia, eschewed efforts to get out the vote for Perdue and Loeffler, choosing instead to undermine Republican faith in voting, something that almost certainly suppressed GOP turnout last night?
As a result, the Senate will now be a 50-50 tie. Vice President Kamala Harris will now be the tie-breaker. Democrats, with an assist from Harris, will elect Sen. Chuck Schumer as Majority Leader. Democrats will control the agenda in the Senate. The filibuster for policy bill will likely go the way of the Dodo bird, and on its heels will come pushes to implement the Green New Deal, tax increases and a raft of other policies conservatives will abhor.
All because the president spent his last days in office holding a pity party for himself while surrounded by obsequious cranks like Sidney Powell.
But remember, if you don't support the man who set America up for at least two years of liberal-dominated government, you're not really a conservative.
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