White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany admitted on Sunday that Joe Biden won the 2020 election, something Donald Trump himself has, as yet, refused to do. Speaking during an interview on Fox News, McEnany doubled down on how important the Georgia runoff elections for two Senate seats will be.
“If we lose these two Senate seats, guess who’s casting the deciding vote in this country for our government? It will be Kamala Harris.”
This indicates that McEnany is admitting that Harris will be vice president in January, meaning she has accepted Trump’s loss publicly before Trump has. The president himself has mounted numerous legal challenges to the election, nearly all of which have now failed. While Trump maintains that he was defeated due to voter fraud, his legal team was unable to convince any judges that they had enough evidence to argue their case.
The Georgia runoff races will be pivotal for control of the Senate, and, thus, are pivotal for a Biden Administration to push through their policy goals. Should Democrats secure both Georgia seats, the Senate will be split 50-50 down the middle. Since the vice president is the tie-breaking vote in the Senate, this would give Democrats a de facto majority in the chamber, allowing Joe Biden much greater freedom in passing legislation.
Democrats already control the House of Representatives, despite their lead in that chamber shrinking in the general election. Should they wrest back control of the Senate, it would signal an opportunity for the Biden Administration to surge ahead with their policy goals.
Many pundits expect Republicans to act as an obstruction to Biden in any way they can, much like the Senate behaved under Mitch McConnell’s direction during the Obama Administration. Many have noted that Republicans have pivoted away from the economic policies employed early in the pandemic and are now harping on the deficit, saying that the country can’t afford robust aid packages. This strategy, known as economic austerity, is a tactic employed by Republicans under Democratic presidents in prior administrations.
The goal, pundits argue, is to hamstring the economy while Democrats are in power, making voters more likely to blame Democrats for the economic downturn. However, should Democrats control the Senate in 2021, then it is unlikely for Republicans to be able to implement such a strategy. Without a majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell and other congressional Republicans could be easily outvoted by Democrats.