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Democratic Party leaders hoping to sweep two special Senate elections in Georgia may want to be mindful of the old adage about being careful what you wish for — lest you get it.
Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are gunning to defeat Republican incumbent Sens. David Purdue and Kelly Loeffler in the Peach State’s Jan. 5 runoff election. Twin victories would give the party control of the White House, House of Representatives, and a tie in the Senate which could be broken by soon-to-be Vice President Kamala Harris.
The article goes on to state the following:
But full control brings responsibility — and potential peril. With the party’s far-Left emboldened to advance their agenda, centrist Democrats could find themselves pining for gridlock.
According to the report, a Democratic strategist said, “It’s always better to be in the majority. But progressives will put more pressure on a hypothetical Democratic majority than on a minority for obvious reasons.”
Jessica Anderson, the executive director of the group Heritage Action, said moderate Democrats who are up for reelection are bound to feel pressure from the hard Left.
Anderson added that Democratic senators from red or purple states are “really feeling the tug of war between the constituents that they represent versus the progressive agenda. You’ve got to add in the layer of the Senate map for 2022 and ’24 for those Democrat senators that are up for reelection, do they get primary challengers from the left?”
The report states that this would create a paradox for centrist Democrats, an electoral incentive for them if Warnock and Ossoff lose.
T.J. Rooney, former chairman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party said, “”If you have control, then you own it, and there are certain expectations that folks on the Left have.”
“There will be cases in which the moderates have to fend off pressure from the Left, there’s no doubt about that if Democrats control both houses,” Matt Bennett, a co-founder of Third Way, a center-left think tank said.
With great power comes great responsibility— and potential peril.
With the party’s far-Left emboldened to advance their agenda, centrist Democrats could find themselves pining for gridlock if Democrats win control of the Senate.https://t.co/MqVYaSbgT7
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 4, 2021
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