The Oasis Reporters
January 9, 2021
Incoming Vice President Kamala Harris is going to be a very busy presiding officer at Capitol Hill because she’s going to be a crucial tie breaker.
In a remarkable pair of elections for the Democratic Party, Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff have upset two Republicans to be the next U.S. senators from Georgia. They will be the first Democrats elected to the Senate from that state in 20 years.
Georgia no doubt is a purple state and really could have gone either way, though the Republicans had staying power or the power of incumbency. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock were running on the Democratic lane, even though Joe Biden won Georgia months ago, becoming the first Democratic presidential candidate in decades to do so, it wasn’t exactly given that his party would take the legislative seats at stake.
Democratic leaders in Georgia had the arduous task of convincing voters that their votes matter enough to vote twice in two months, with the balance of power in Washington hanging on the results they would eventually send out.
And that came at a time that the Trump charm was wearing off, a charm that was becoming more and more offensive, especially given his extremely garrulous nature. His talkativeness was becoming more abrasive and with Georgia’s changing demographics, it was obvious that his connection with the people was off-key.
Trump was twice in Georgia, making false claims
of election fraud in this state and others. The electorate knew better, and such claims easily galvanize resistance.
Besides, Trump’s claim that “There’s no way we lost Georgia,” he said. “This was a rigged election” without proof was jarring including the call urging voters to boycott the Senate runoffs because Trump lost in the state. This strategy didn’t help the Republicans much.
Running on the Republican side were Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Perdue, both of them refusing to acknowledge Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential win. Loeffler went further to announce that she’d challenge it in Congress. Perdue, whose term technically expired Sunday, said he would if given the chance. Loeffler equally refused to acknowledge or congratulate her Democratic opponent, Raphael Warnock.
But in a dramatic turn of events, President Trump led his ragtag mob to storm Capitol Hill using rhetoric and emotions to rouse the passion of his supporters and even Senator Loeffler dropped her support for the Republican side inspired by the indiscretion of Trump, thereby giving both parties 50 senators apiece. With incoming Vice president Kamala Harris as the tiebreaker, the Democrats would be in control.