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If the Democrats have control of the Senate, even if relying on the VP to break a tie, the Democrats will decide the fate of the contested elections.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Oct 22nd, 2020 at 01:50:36 AM EST
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Yes, but Democrats may only have control of the senate if they win those contested elections!

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Oct 22nd, 2020 at 10:33:26 AM EST
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If Georgia Senate seats are even contestable it is highly likely that there are at least four uncontestable newly elected Democratic Senators.


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Oct 23rd, 2020 at 12:03:04 AM EST
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Namely, Arizona, Colorado, Maine and North Carolina, with Iowa, Montana also possibilities.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Oct 23rd, 2020 at 12:06:40 AM EST
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Trump seems to have written off the senate, but apparently thinks the GOP can get control of the house, which seems pretty unlikely.

My view is that Biden's administration will pursue generic centrist democrat policies in the same way that Obama's ("most liberal senator!!!") ended up not exactly being radically leftist. Harris et al. will apply some pressure, but all these fantastical theories about a socialist takeover are just that: fantastical.

by asdf on Sun Oct 25th, 2020 at 08:19:23 PM EST
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Hasn't the opposite happened too? Senate GOP having written Trump off and concentrating on sabotaging an upcoming Biden administration? (this and saving their asses seats as much as they can)
by Bernard on Sun Oct 25th, 2020 at 08:53:41 PM EST
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It's confusing right now. If you have spent four years licking one guy's boots it might be hard to claim otherwise in the last two weeks of a tight election...
by asdf on Sun Oct 25th, 2020 at 09:32:43 PM EST
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I heard a comment quoting McConnell this morning on NPR. He seemed to concede that the Republicans are likely to lose both the White House and the Senate but stated that Trump's three Supreme Court nominees would make a lasting impression on the country. I suspect that the new conservative majority, (even without Roberts), will be cautious in pressing their advantage due to concern about court expansion. Time will tell.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Oct 26th, 2020 at 01:56:56 PM EST
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If the Dems do win the Senate I don't expect Majority Leader Chuck "Attack Chihuahua" Schumer to make any drastic changes.  He and the rest of the DLC will wring their hands and moan and groan they don't have all 5,619 Senate seats and thus can do nothing.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Mon Oct 26th, 2020 at 05:25:53 PM EST
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I predict a whole lot of reaching across the aisle.

It's possible some powder will be kept dry too.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Oct 26th, 2020 at 08:18:30 PM EST
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