If 2020 stands, this is just the beginning, not the end of what the next generation of Democrats has planned.
Understand that the next generation of the Democrat party has been raised on the idea that opposition to their ideas is illegitimate – it cannot be acknowledged or engaged. Opposition to “critical race theory” is racist. Opposition to mainstreaming LBGTQ lifestyle decisions is homophobic.
Attaining the political power necessary to stamp out opposing views is a necessary step towards a fascist state that does not tolerate opposing views.
Hiden Barris will be ineffectual from a legislative standpoint, and I expect Mitch McConnell to allow open judgeships in the Circuit Courts to go unfilled. There will be no expansion of the Supreme Court, and a 6-3 conservative majority, with a much more conservative set of Circuit Courts of Appeal, will prevent too much leftward shift.
But we will once again see an aggressive administrative state, headed by the EPA and Civil Rights Division of DOJ. Other civil litigation components of DOJ will try to accomplish through “lawfare” what the Democrats in Congress cannot accomplish through legislation.
But what they will really be planning is targeting of GOP Senators up for re-election in 2022, and then the Presidential election of 2024.
Defeating Donald Trump – if they pull it off – will merely prove how far their election rigging can go without consequence. The past is prologue in this instance.
Pat Toomey might as well start thinking about his post-Senate career given that his next re-election campaign will have to go through vote-counting in Philadelphia.
If the Democrats can hold onto the House, their collection of Senators up in the 2022 cycle is pretty safe. Democrats will be up for re-election in the following states:
It looks like every one of those states is going to be won by Joe Biden – maybe not Arizona.
There probably is not a vulnerable Democrat Senator on the list – the GOP is going to have to search for a candidate in Arizona.
The Republicans, on the other hand, have two potentially vulnerable incumbents – Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania and Ron Johnson in Wisconsin. They also have at least one open seat in North Carolina to try to hold onto, and it’s possible that Chuck Grassley will not seek re-election.
The Democrat path to a Senate Majority in 2022 might run right through Philadelphia and Milwaukee again.
With the stakes being control of the Senate — combined with already having control of the House and Presidency — why would anyone think the exact same scenario of the past 72 hours would not play itself out again in pursuit of a three-seat gain in the Senate? The two years from 2022 to 2024 would be a feast of liberal governmental activism, unlike anything the United States has ever experienced before. There might be as many as 200 Circuit Court Judges finally retire when they are assured a Democrat President, and Democrat Senate would be responsible for their naming their replacements. Chuck Schumer might make good on the Democrat threat to nuke the legislative filibuster, and for 24 months the Democrats could use the brute force of 51 votes to ram through every item on the wish list of the ultra-left wing political activists.
And, no later than 2022 — if not in the next 8 weeks — there will be a huge turnover at the top of the leadership in the House.
A not too well-understood secret is that the House Democrat caucus is really divided along geographical lines — East Coast v. West Coast. Nancy Pelosi has been able to hang on to her post as Speaker — and House Majority Leader — because of the size of the California delegation, supported by Democrats from Oregon, Washington, and a couple of other western states, which give her about 2/3 of the votes she needs in the Democrat caucus to hold onto her power She maintains this powerbase because of her proximity to, and deep connections into Silicon Valley, which provides massive funding to Democrat politicians political campaigns.
Her rival for nearly two decades has been Steny Hoyer of Maryland. He has much of the East Coast and New England House Democrats in his corner, but he just doesn’t have the needed number of votes to make a successful challenge to Pelosi.
But the rise of the next generation of left-wing activists in the House, led by AOC, has boosted the prospects of a challenge to Pelosi. AOC is the media darling with a sufficient political profile now to raise massive amounts of money, and can likely assemble a sizeable coalition of like-mined radical progressives/socialists who, if they threw their support behind one alternative, could be able to take down Pelosi. AOC does not have the experience to make a play for the Speaker’s gavel herself, but she might very well be able to assemble 50+ votes to support a challenger to Pelosi in 8 weeks.
If President Trump ultimately loses this struggle, this week will be a validation of the election processes employed against him.
Those processes will repeat themselves in two years.