So the final recount of the last race to be called has been completed. It looks like it looked a while back, and for the Republicans and Democrats, they both have something to cheer about…and yet, nothing has changed.
In case you missed it over the weekend, and I can’t blame you if you did, Bill Nelson (D-Fl) FINALLY conceded his Senate race to Rick Scott. There had been a total of I think somewhere in the neighborhood of 17 different lawsuits filed on this race between the two sides. Anyway, Sunday, Nelson, who was so far behind in the vote count, there was no way he could actually win, conceded. That along with Andrew Gillum’s earlier concession for Governor, means that Florida can get down to the task of being Florida, and fixing their election debacle. But what does that mean for the rest of us going forward?
It means pretty much nothing has changed. Oh, the Republicans increased their lead in the Senate, which means they’ll have an easier time when Ruth Bader Ginsburg finally retires, and Steven Breyer quits. It means that the GOP move to replace all of the vacancies on the federal benches will be a LOT easier. And it means that there is a big choice ahead for the Democrats over in the House.
IF they choose Nancy Pelosi to be the next Speaker, and I think they probably will, cooler heads will prevail and Adam Schiff will have to wait to do a ton of investigations. Maxine Waters won’t get the chance to “Impeach 45”. And they probably will try to actually pass some liberal agenda items (unsuccessfully). It means the wall won’t get built for at least a couple of years, and that there will more than likely be gridlock in DC, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
IF the Democrats go with someone like Michigan congresswoman Martha Fudge as their new Speaker, there will be all sorts of investigations, there will be a call for Medicare for all (single-payer healthcare), and Maxine Waters will be dancing down Constitution Avenue after the impeachment vote. But that would bode poorly for the left two years up the road.
See, the GOP learned their lesson with the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Impeachment shouldn’t be (and never was intended to be) a political tool. It’s a legal tool. Somehow, the Democrats fail to grasp that. Somehow the left is hell-bent on trying to show some feigned illegality that occurred during the 2016 presidential race that cost Hillary Clinton the Oval Office. That’s the only way they can reason why she was defeated. It HAD to be because of Russian collusion, or voter suppression, or some other thing that is untoward.
So, going forward, the world keeps spinning. You and I will continue to lead our lives on a day to day basis as if nothing ever happened…and very little will actually change…for now. Maybe the left and the right will learn the lessons that cost them victories…the Senate for the left, the House for the right. And then again, maybe they won’t. Maybe this will issue in a new era of bi-partisanship. But then again, I just woke up and haven’t had my coffee yet. I must be dreaming!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!