Washington – President-Elect Joe Biden predicted that Republicans would have an “epiphany” after President Donald Trump lost. Three weeks after the election, there is no sign of it.
Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Has still not accepted Biden as president-elect. And, like most Republicans, he did not condemn Trump’s unprecedented efforts to reverse the will of voters.
While McConnell has been silent on Biden’s initial cabinet nominees, some aspiring senators are already criticizing the group, including Antony Blinken as secretary and Alejandro Mayorkas for running Homeland Security.
The GOP’s response to the election is an ominous gesture for Biden’s pitch to usher in a new era of unity and bipartisanship. Even in defeat, Trump’s presence is large and Republicans are wary of offending their followers. Trump may have to leave office, but he takes with him one of his most powerful weapons to shape the party’s behavior: his Twitter account.
On the verge of a tumultuous weekend during a raging epidemic and the economic crisis that Biden inherited, progressives want him to set expectations again.
Former Senate Democratic leadership aide Adam Gentlesen said, “The epiphany isn’t happening and it’s time for Biden to shift gears.” “It was fine as empty political rhetoric, but it continued to tilt, just making Biden to fail. If he held on to the idea that he could enter a new era of bipartisanship, then all Republicans have to deny him cooperation and he will. ” Failed to fulfill one of its central promises. “
Presidents are usually confirmed by the Senate on the first day in their office some cabinet nominees. McConnell’s office did not comment when asked if the tradition would extend to Biden. By the time Democrats won both Georgia seats in the January 5 race, he would be the first president since 1989 to have his party take office without controlling both congressional chambers.
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo. Tweeted Biden’s nominees were “a group of corporatists and war enthusiasts – and #BigTech Sellout”. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. Called them Ivy League graduates who have “strong resumes” and “will be humble and orderly stewards of America’s downfall.”
Other conservative senators were pleased that Biden did not select more liberal candidates.
McConnell is known for placing his card near the vest, reciting political winds and choosing his moments to practice power. He held a demonstration to an aggressive halt under the leadership of President Barack Obama, but was somewhat vindicated on administration personnel.
Some Republicans say that their indulgence of Trump is about Georgia.
Republican campaign veteran Alex Connott, who has also served in the Senate, said, “I don’t read much into McConnell’s silence. I think he is in the hope of promoting party unity in the face of Georgia runoff.” Trying to show some indifference towards. “
‘A great, great epilogue’
On the campaign trail last year, Biden repeatedly promised the GOP “epiphany” after Trump was out. He prohibited the use of that term during the heat of the Democratic Primary Contest, but in July a fundraiser said that “if we can’t unite the country, we’re dead.”
“With Donald Trump gone, the fear of retaliation has been taken away,” Biden told the donors, according to Bloomberg News. “If we win as big as possible, we’re going to have a great, great epilogue, as we Catholic people say, and they’re about to wonder if they’ll take me or not. Just by being obstructive Lose. “
If Republicans win one Georgia race, they will hold the Senate. If they both lose, the Chamber will split 50–50 and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris can cast a tie-breaking vote to give Democratic control.
Connaught said he expected the qualified candidate to be confirmed in the GOP-led Senate, although he said the hearing could be controversial. He said that the Republican Party has some souls to do.
“Losing the White House is difficult for any party and the latter always has a leadership void,” Conant said. “While I think many Republicans would be open to working with Biden on bipartisan initiatives, opposition to Democrats’ more leftist policies may be the one thing that really keeps Republicans united.”
Some critics of the president do not expect the party to shed its Trumpian colors. One of them is Tim Miller, a veteran GOP operative who worked to defeat Trump and officially left the party this week.
Miller wrote, “Looking at these republics sitting here today a hole sits quietly while the president protects our democracy from evil intrigues and becomes the first modern president.
Trump’s baseless claims of widespread fraud and “rigged elections” have taken root inside his party. In a recent Monmouth poll, 76 percent of Republicans said they did not believe the 2020 election was conducted in a fair and fair manner.
Despite Trump’s defeat, Republicans overperformed in elections, gained House seats and won several competitive Senate contests. This has prevented the election of Bloodout that Biden and the Democrats were counting on to crush the remnants of Trumpism in their party.
In this week’s Morning Consulting / Politico poll, 68 percent of GOP voters said Trump was more in touch with Republicans than he was in Congress. In a hypothetical 2024 primary, 54 percent favor Trump, with Vice President Mike Pence ahead with 12 percent.
Former Georgia GOP representative Jack Kingston said, “He is a political phenom.” “He knows – in that simple world wrestling entertainment background and reality TV – that he knows how to simplify difficult issues and appeal to people and convince them that he is the man on their side.”