Some of us sure hope so…
With Trump gone from the Presidency ?
Senate Republicans WILL have to figure out a way to have anything done….
A President Joe Biden will be counting on it….
And he will be counting on his time working in the US Senate to help….
If the two do overs in Georgia stay in the Republicans column?
Democrats will have to work on a balancing act and try to woo Republican’s like Romney, Collins and Murkowski to help them from time to time while worrying about Manchin going overt the Republicans….
And House Speaker Pelosi won’t be out of the woods either….
Her majority has shrunk and some of the survivors will be nervously looking at last weeks results and thinking about the 20222 midterm election already….
While the progressive House Democrats push their own agenda?….
Expect the Biden admin and nearly the rest of Democrats to stay mostly in America’s political center….
Should Biden become the first president since George H.W. Bush to enter office without the Senate under his party’s control, the mere task of confirming a Cabinet threatens to become a partisan minefield, handing Republicans effective veto power over his administration’s staffing.
A clutch of GOP senators already signaled that they are likely to vote to confirm Biden’s nominees, but under certain conditions. Collins said she would have reservations if a nominee is “not qualified or is way outside the ideological mainstream or is unethical,” while Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) — who has shown a willingness to cross party lines on some issues — said he would confirm Biden’s nominees “barring some extreme individual or someone not qualified for the job.”
“In the last decade and a half of divided control of Congress, we’ve seen historic gridlock — the kind of stalemate where you can’t pass a budget or appropriations bills, much less touch on some of the most high-profile, high-stakes political battles that we have,” he said.
Even those senators most likely to cooperate with Democrats are warning their cooperation will only go so far. Murkowski, who is up for reelection in 2022 and whose state depends on oil and gas jobs, warned, “If there are issues that work against my state’s economy, we’re going to fight them tooth and nail” — a dismal indicator for climate-change legislation.
Romney said Biden would be “making a mistake to think that the people of America chose a left-oriented policy agenda” given the mixed election results. “The country remains a center-right nation, and I will continue to fight for conservative principles that I think comport with not only my philosophy but that of the nation as a whole,” he said….