Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Looks Like We Made It

The Associated Press has called the race in Georgia for Warnock, and the one between Ossoff and Perdue too close but with Ossoff in the lead.

Democrat Raphael Warnock won one of Georgia’s two Senate runoffs Wednesday, becoming the first Black senator in his state’s history and putting the Senate majority within the party’s reach.

A pastor who spent the past 15 years leading the Atlanta church where Martin Luther King Jr. preached, Warnock defeated Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler. It was a stinging rebuke of outgoing President Donald Trump, who made one of his final trips in office to Georgia to rally his loyal base behind Loeffler and the Republican running for the other seat, David Perdue.

The focus now shifts to the second race between Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff. The candidates were locked in a tight race and it was too early to call a winner. Under Georgia law, a trailing candidate may request a recount when the margin of an election is less than or equal to 0.5 percentage points.

If Ossoff wins, Democrats will have complete control of Congress, strengthening President-elect Joe Biden’s standing as he prepares to take office on Jan. 20.

And the reign of Mitch McConnell as Senate Majority Leader will be over.

One small detail: we still have to get through the bullshit today when the Coward Caucus led by Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley put Trumpism ahead of the country and will quixotically challenge the electors from six states.  They have recruited some useful idiots in the House and will gum up the works, but in the end it will be up to Mike Pence to have to perform the ceremonial duty of announcing that Joseph R. Biden, Jr. of Delaware has been officially elected as the next president.

Oh, the tears from the Trumpkins will be especially bitter.  Good.  They have earned every one of them.

There are threats of violent demonstrations in the streets of Washington by the Proud Boys and other Nazi sympathizers.  The city and the Pentagon are taking extra precautions to assure that no one is injured, and the mayor is telling the citizenry not to engage with the sore losers.  Let them have their tantrum.  It’s over for now.  Let them run for office.  And let us not forget who chose a cult of personality over the rule of law and the Constitution.