comes to legislation. Even with Democratic control of the Senate, a President Biden will have to pursue a very mainstream agenda anyway less he lose one of the several moderate Democrats in the Senate. Then you have the fact that the filibuster still exists, which means the threshold for many votes will be 60, not 51.
- Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has announced he will join with House Republicans to challenge the Electoral College results during the announcement of the vote at the January 6th joint session of Congress. It's not a surprise that Hawley, who desperately wants to be President and who will do anything to please MAGA world (even supporting non-conservative positions and undermining American democratic values), has decided to do this.
- On the Bulwark podcast, Charlie Sykes has speculated that only at best 7 Senators total will support casting aside Biden electors for Trump electors. No, I think it will be 20+ in the Senate and more than 100+ in the House. Why? Because it is a free vote. Those House and Senate Republicans can cast votes for Trump while knowing it won't change the result - that Biden is going to be the next President of the United States. Sykes believes at some point those Trump-supporting members of Congress are going to rediscover their honor and integrity and do the right thing because it is the right thing. I don't think so.
- President Trump sought to embarrass McConnell (he's still mad at Moscow Mitch for recognizing Biden as President-Elect) by insisting that the stimulus check (hate that term) be raised from $600 to $2,000. Trump also wanted a commission to investigate election fraud in the 2016 election and a repeal of Section 230 which shields internet services like Facebook and Twitter from liability should they allow to be published on their website something that is defamatory.
- So, McConnell lumped all of Trump's wishes in a single bill knowing the "poison pill" provisions regarding the fraud commission and Section 230 would kill off the much more popular $2,000 stimulus proposal. Check Mate. One would think Trump would have learned something about legislative procedure in four years, but apparently not. That McConnell outsmarted dim-witted Trump is not exactly something to brag about though.
- A 41 year old, healthy looking Congressman-elect died of Covid-19 before he could take office. Sadly, it is an occupational hazard that politicians have to meet a lot of people when campaigning. It is inevitable that some of the people they meet will turn out to have Covid-19.