Opinion: Hold the Senate or Lose It, Either Case Could Benefit the Conservative Cause in Long Run

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Republican and conservative groupthink— there’s a difference — suggests that GOP loss of the Senate majority, which happens if Democrats Warnock and Ossoff beat incumbent Sens. Loeffler and Perdue in Tuesday’s Georgia runoff elections, would necessarily spell doom and gloom across the conservative land, as Democrat armageddon arrives.

I do not necessarily subscribe to that belief. Do I hope it doesn’t happen? Without a doubt. I’m simply suggesting that it just might not be the end of the world as we know it if it happens.

Let’s begin with Biden — and a Democrat-controlled Senate.

While the addled, old career politician has appeared far too many times to not have a clear thought in his head, those around him — let’s call them his “handlers” — have tipped their hand over the weeks since the election regarding the direction of a Biden administration, and that hand has not been tipped in favor of the far-left wing of the Democrat Party.

Socialist Barbie Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Math Wizard) suggested after the election that she might quit politics (she won’t; she was throwing an attention-seeking, personal pity party) and “live off the land,” or some other such silliness, because, in effect, her Democrat House colleagues were too stupid to buy into her idiotic “Green New Deal” and other such nonsense, which led to their election shellacking, as she sees it.

Additionally, Jihadi Barbie Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Anti-Semite) is determined to “push” Biden on the radical changes she and her comrades hope to wrangle out of Corn Pop’s pal.

Their “to-do list” for Biden includes canceling student loan debt, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour for federal contractors, declaring “climate change” a national emergency, and more. It’s safe to assume that, should the Democrats regain control of the Senate, the “Squad” will be nipping at Biden’s ankles — at every opportunity — given or taken.

petition calling for action is supported by Omar, AOC, fellow squad members Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), along with incoming Reps.-elect Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), Cori Bush (D-MO), and progressive groups Data for Progress, Justice Democrats, the Sunrise Movement, the Working Families Party, and other leftist groups.

While Omar believes the far-left-wingers will have “a partner” in Biden, she also plans to “push and create momentum for change,” as well. You know, just in case.

“I think most of us feel that we are getting a partner in governing (in Biden),” Omar said. “It is still important not to rest in your laurels and still continue to push and create the momentum for the change.”

Though Biden has signaled support for canceling student debt, AOC & Co. will meet stiff resistance from Biden’s handlers on the nonsensical “Green New Deal” and other equally-harebrained leftist proposals, often leaving AOC and her buddies twisting in the wind.

One look at the election beatdown delivered to Nancy Pelosi’s House Democrat Caucus is proof enough. Biden knows that. An out-of-control Squad, running around like spoiled, socialist children in a “free candy” store, would be neither in Biden’s best interest nor that of the Democrat Party when the 2022 midterm elections roll around.

Whither goest Bernie and Lizzie? 

Self-declared Democrat Socialists Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have all but performed musical skits outside Biden’s basement window in desperate efforts to lobby for cabinet positions in a Biden administration. So far, they’re 0-2. Resoundingly so.

Biden himself has said on several occasions it would be “difficult” to select the “influential members” of the Senate for positions in his cabinet, preferring instead to leave the “really strong leaders” exactly where they are — which is the hell out of his administration.

“One thing is really critical: Taking someone out of the Senate, taking someone out of the House — particularly a person of consequence is a really difficult decision that will have to be made. I have a very ambitious, very progressive agenda and it’s going to take really strong leaders in the House and Senate to get it done.”

Nice spin, Joe. Biden does not want high-profile socialists in his cabinet. Period. Hence, neither Bernie nor Lizzie will “goest” anywhere.

The above likely scenario could be a good thing for conservatives and the Republican Party in the long run and, by extension, the conservative cause. Contrary to the results of the presidential election, the views and policies of today’s Democrat Party do not represent a majority of Americans, their values, nor the direction in which they want the country to proceed.

And if Republicans retain a Senate majority?

It’s not inconceivable to believe that Biden might very well breathe a “yuuge” sigh of relief if Mitch McConnell remains Majority Leader of the United States Senate.

Throughout his career, Biden has been a so-called “moderate” Democrat. He’s worked with McConnell and other Senate Republicans for decades. Somewhat freed from the ankle-biters like AOC and Ilhan Omar — knowing that they know their far-left proposals would be DOA in a Republican-controlled Senate — Biden could choose to work with McConnell on a “safe” agenda; infrastructure, drug-pricing reform, perhaps healthcare reform — Biden is opposed to “Medicare for All” — and other less-polarizing issues.

Both have shown an inclination to make deals throughout their years in Congress, and they have cut major deals working directly with each other. Importantly, perhaps, as reported by The Wall Street Journal, the two almost-80-year-olds actually like one another. Via WSJ:

With national politics increasingly polarized, the two men are considered careful coalition builders, seeking to represent the consensus views of their parties, at a time when most famous politicians are known for their ideological zeal.

Advisers to McConnell and Biden expect the two leaders to be in much more frequent contact, and, perhaps optimistically, get more done.

Both sides have expressed cautious optimism that their partnership could produce significant breakthroughs, despite the gridlock and paralysis that have typically marred Washington during periods of divided government over the last two decades.

McConnell: I get it.

I’m aware of the sheer hatred for Mitch McConnell among many on “our side,” some of whose views will no doubt be on display in the comments section below. I assume I’ll also experience some incoming, as well, for having the “traitorous” audacity to suggest McConnell should work with Biden over the next four years to get bipartisan crap done. 

So be it.

I am a pragmatist. I play the hand I’m dealt — particularly when there are no other viable options. To do otherwise, IMHO would do more harm than good to the conservative movement, down the road. Loathe the GOP if you wish, but it is all that stands between “us” and the loons in the Democrat Party.

Disagree if you will, but please don’t go all whacked-out Lin Wood and try to drag me in front of a firing squad.

In related news, please check out my RedState colleague Becca Lower’s earlier article titled Rep. Massie Lays Down Some “Hard Truths” About January 6.