GOP Senate wins wreak havoc on Biden transition plans

So who really will be president if McConnell controls the Senate.  This alone shows McConnell has no respect for the will of the people.   How dumb do the people have to be to reelect these same obstructionist Republicans who bowed and worshiped at tRump’s feet?  People wanted a change, a repudiation of Republican policies and they did not get it with this.  Nothing the people wanted will get done with a Republican controlled Senate, no raise in minimum wage, no expanded healthcare, only small limited government assistance for Covid relief, no legalized marijuana country wide, and devastatingly for the midterm elections is no voter reforms ending voter suppression and gerrymandering.   Hugs

Republicans’ likely hold on the Senate is forcing Joe Biden’s transition team to consider limiting its prospective Cabinet nominees to those who Mitch McConnell can live with, according to people familiar with the matter.

Why it matters: The new Senate political math could dash the ambitions of some Democrats, including those who have clashed with Republicans.

  • It could push Biden to go with more centrist options, like Lael Brainard for Treasury or Tony Blinken for State, sources tell Axios.
  • Susan Rice and Stacey Abrams could be early casualties, depending on McConnell’s posture.
  • But it could also open paths for others, like Sen. Chris Coons, who could benefit from a tradition of senatorial courtesy for quick confirmations of nominees within its ranks.

A source close to McConnell tells Axios a Republican Senate would work with Biden on centrist nominees but no “radical progressives” or ones who are controversial with conservatives.

  • The Biden agenda would be severely restricted by GOP control, the source added: “It’s going to be armed camps.”

The state of play: The process is in its early stages as Biden officials await final numbers on the size of the majority, and any potential signals from McConnell about whether he’ll fight every nominee or focus on one or two examples.

  • Traditionally, an incoming president is given wide berth to pick his desired team.

The big picture: This political reality could result in Biden having a more centrist Cabinet.

  • It also gives Biden a ready excuse to reject left-of-center candidates, like Sens. Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders, who have the enthusiastic backing of progressives.
  • Biden had already been considering an informal ban on nominating Democratic senators to avoid uncertainty about who would fill their seats.

Between the lines: Rice, who was Barack Obama’s former UN ambassador and national security adviser, has long been considered in the running for secretary of state or another Cabinet position.

  • But she clashed with Republicans and became a lightning rod while defending the administration’s response to the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
  • Biden vetted Rice for vice president, and she was projected as a top pick for State after being passed over for Kamala Harris.
  • “For those interested in facts, Ambassador Rice has twice been unanimously confirmed by the Senate,” said Erin Pelton, a Rice spokesperson, referring to two confirmations before the Benghazi controversy.

What we’re hearing: Abrams, the former Georgia House minority leader, also faces a tough time being confirmed by a Republican Senate.

  • Sally Yates, who is under consideration for Attorney General, could face resistance because of her role in the Justice Department’s investigation into Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn.
  • In August, Yates defended her role before Congress and accused Flynn of “neutering” American sanctions on Russia.

Be smart: Biden may end up leaning more on Democratic senators in blue states, or ex-senators.

  • That could boost Coons’ case for State. And Alabama Sen. Doug Jones, who lost on Tuesday, may have an easier time than Yates at Justice.
  • If Biden appoints Coons to State, Democrats wouldn’t be down a seat in the Senate, as Delaware’s Democratic governor John Carney could quickly appoint Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester to the seat. That would ensure Senate Democrats have at least one Black woman in their ranks.

13 thoughts on “GOP Senate wins wreak havoc on Biden transition plans

  • From some of the voting statistics, it appears that some of the candidates who would have helped put this country back on a forward path were defeated. So even without the orange baboon, this country may very well continue going backward.

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    • Hello Nan. At the most we may have achieved a stand still, not going backward but not advancing forward either. That worries me for the next MidTerm elections. I blame the corporate Democrats in their 70’s and 80’s for being out of touch with the country. They keep running corporate center nearly right candidates. The DNC and Biden refused to run on things that people want, such as national legalized recreational marijuana. They made this election about how bad trump was, restoring dignity and honor, but nothing about policies helping the working / poor people. Where was the hammering on the Republicans for throwing millions of people out of their homes? People wanted to hear bold changes, not small little steps. Dianne Feinstein praised Lindsey Graham and gave them a campaign advert on how great he ran the SCOTUS hearings that was used against his democratic opponent. She felt it was better to maintain the good old Senate club with her friend Graham instead of helping get a new Democrat seated in the Senate. Isn’t she 88 or 89 this year? I did not see much attempt to tie the Republican party to tRump, to his tweets. There simply was very little fight and no messaging on the congressional Republicans. I hated it when Pelosi and Schumer were on the news shows. Pelosi with her shaking stammering low energy voice, stumbling over her words. Schumer talking in a monotone that simply says we tell them not to do it, and hey then they go do it. Oh well we tried. Susan Collins got her seat back. It should have been so easy to take her seat for the Dems. Her Kavanaugh vote should have been enough. But in Maine, in Kentucky, in most cases the Democratic party ran bland center nearly right people. Republicans do not vote for center nearly right Democrats and neither to left wing Democrats. The only ones these people attract are other center Democrats. We need to run engaging people with big ideas. Ideas that attract attention, ideas that people have to think about regardless if they are attacked. Anyway I am pretty upset today. Hugs

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      • Scottie, I’m going to say something that may upset you, but here goes anyway …

        Would you please leave the pitty party! Yes! All that you wrote has merit — and I agree with much of it. But dang! The world is not entirely gray … there are some bright spots. Sure, sometimes it requires a lot of digging to find them, but dwelling in the cellar isn’t good for anyone.

        I appreciate that you want to keep people informed. And the gods know, there are many who move through life without ever considering the direction we’re heading … and sometimes even SUPPORTING the direction we’re heading (!) … so I recognize the importance of road signs. But …

        One more thing — and maybe the most important — negativism is not good for one’s health. ‘Nuf said?

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        • Hello Nan. You did not upset me, but I do disagree with you. Pity party? Really? I am looking at things practically and realistically. The world does have many bright spots but the election of Qanon supporting Republicans to congress, or Republican congressman Paul Gosar who showed up at one of the vote counting centers being protested by maga people to also demanding they stop counting the votes are not them. I refuse to be pollyannaish about the election or about politics in general.

          Telling the truth is not dwelling in the basement, and I do not prefer to be like the tRump cult and deny reality. Recognizing that voting has consequences and understanding those consequence is important, and something I think a lot of people don’t bother to do. There also is a difference from me posting news articles to voicing my own opinion formed by news media.

          Nan I am angry upset, not depressed upset. I will know the difference. I am angry at actors on the stage who do not know to leave the stage when their lines are done. They are hanging around keeping the actors in the next scene from taking the stage. We had a neighbor who was a famous opera singer. He was very elderly and lost his voice when we moved in. After he retired he would still take the stage in intermission and stuff to sing a few things. But he got so bad that they stopped letting him do that. He was so angry and he wouldn’t accept he had lost his ability. It is the same with the people in the federal legislature. I am angry the will of the majority of the people is being ignored by those whose best days were 30 to 40 years ago. How can they relate to the culture today?

          As for my health more will follow soon, I have to have a full abdominal imaging. Have to find out about Ron’s Covid test before anything can move forward. However many things in my world has caused me a lot of stress. But not politics.
          Best wishes. Hugs

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          • At the core of what I wrote, I do appreciate you and your efforts related to overcoming lies with truth. But I guess sometimes there’s just SO MUCH bad news going on in this nation that I want to put my fingers in my ears or, in the case of blogs, turn off the computer, go outside, and stick my head in the sand.

            If all goes in the direction that it seems to be heading (@ 8:40 PST), things will greatly improve … IF you-know-who doesn’t turn this country upside down between now and January 20th. If so, then hopefully out conversations will be much more postitive.

            What is this about a Covid-19 test for Ron???? That doesn’t sound good.

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            • Hello Nan. The test is negative thankfully. It is possible when we were both sick this summer we had it, and are cycling through symptoms. Ron has weakened lungs and keeps having a cough and other symptoms that keep coming back. I have been fighting fatigue, nauseousness, and some abdominal pains. Well the pain was not really often so I did not complain about it, until Tuesday night, when I got up to watch the election. I was so sick I couldn’t even drink coffee and my abdomen was hurting in different places. It has continued since, sometimes worse, sometimes seeming to go away. For example I slept for 3 hours after I got home this morning, got up in the later afternoon, Ron made me some supper a bit ago. I started eating. Then I got nauseous really bad, fighting to keep things down, my abdomen is hurting, and my stomach feels like there is far too much pressure in it and building. Plus I am really tired again.

              So there is several ideas we have, but as I did not have time to tell my doctor any of this, we only know I have problems with my blood work showing stress and possible harm to my heart or liver, or not. Ron thinks I have a hiatal hernia.

              Nan, I was not offended by what you wrote, and I understand when people need to take a break from the news. I thank you for the nice things you wrote about me and my blog, but please do not stress yourself to read what will upset you. There is a lot out there that is either unpleasant or overwhelming. Your health and well being is important to me. Hopefully with this election all but called for Biden things will get better.

              I wanted to answer a few more comments, but I have to go to bed. Ron wants me to lay down so it stretches my abdomen, sitting in the chair compresses it and he thinks expanding it will help. I am so tired I could just go to sleep. Last night I went to bed about 5 PM also and slept until my alarm went off at 4 AM. I had a hard time getting up. That is not normal for me. I normally am up much earlier feeling energetic.

              To all my wonderful readers / viewers, I will will be happy to read and reply to the comments tomorrow morning. Best wishes and hugs for all. Night.

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          • You are right, Scottie. Stick to your guns. I saw Gosar, Eric, Lewandowski, and several Trumpetts ranting and chanting at several places trying to interfere with the election process : a felony. But as of about 11:30am the Senate count is now tied with at least two runoffs.

            Good luck on those personal issues.

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            • Hello Cagjr. Thank you. next week I will know more. I did get one result back and my vitamin D level has soared which maybe causing some trouble. The highest normal is 47 and mine is 141. Hugs


  • Well, I’ve read that the Biden administration, should we achieve that, can work around this situation in such a way that not only will Biden get a halfway (halfway!) decent cabinet, but can achieve a Dem Senate majority. This would be awesome in so many ways that I think we should get our fingers greased up in preparation for lobbying the President, should it be Biden, to take the very path that will make that happen. McConnell may not only not get all he wants, but could lose that which he prizes. We may put up with lesser cabinet members, but even so, they still should hew to the administration’s goals, and having McConnell lose his majority seat would be so, sooooo sweet!

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    • Hello Chatty Introvert. I hope so, I really do. It just stings that McConnell is already plotting on how to ruin a Biden win, sabotage a Democratic administration, and yet our side keeps talking of compromise and reaching across the aisle. We had Republicans speak at the Democratic convention instead of progressive Democrats, Biden said he would consider Republicans for his cabinet, yet no let up on the Republican minority trying to take over all aspects of the government. I say we need to understand their drive for power and fight them equally. We need to take the power from them and use it to build the country we want. Hugs

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