by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The electoral dust is about settled, and any reasoned verdict holds that this election could have been far, far worse for conservatives. An argument could even be made that the most likely outcome, a Biden presidency checked by a Republican Senate majority, is the best that Republicans could have hoped for considering the long-term implications.
At this point, it is clear to all but the most obdurate partisan that Joe Biden has won the presidency, if only by a few inches in a few states. Meanwhile, Republicans managed to shrink Nancy Pelosi’s House majority to what may become the slimmest in a century and, pending a couple runoff elections in Georgia, retain their majority in the Senate.
The overall picture is not, therefore, all that dark and gloomy. A smaller House majority limits to some extent what Democrats can accomplish there unilaterally. A more originalist Supreme Court can, at long last, reestablish the boundaries of the branches and deny rampant progressivism the long-standing constitutional shortcut it enjoyed through the judiciary.
A Senate majority, if the Republicans can indeed retain it, can legislatively block bad ideas coming from either the House or the administration and temper some of the potentially nuttier and more worrisome presidential appointments.
What the voters have delivered is at least two years of what the Left will decry as gridlock or, as the good folks who pieced together the Constitution might have referred to it, checked and balanced government. In any case, it appears that voters have expressed an appetite for a stalemate, fearing what Democratic hegemony in the age of Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez could bring about.
The GOP could still mess it up. All political eyes are on the Peach State. …