Written by Nathaniel Manor
Since winning the Senate runoff election in Georgia, people expect the Democratic party to deliver on their promises with total government control. However, their victory may be a curse in disguise. Thanks to two liberal mavericks in the Senate, the left-wing Democrats have again fallen flat on their faces, such as raising the debt ceiling. But on that particular issue, the Dems turn to the Republicans to give them more power as one GOP senator breaks from his party.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) plans to suspend the debt ceiling to avoid a government shutdown temporarily. The senator explained that doing so would take pressure off funding the government past October 18, the deadline for default. “To protect the American people from a near-term Democrat-created crisis, we will also allow Democrats to use normal procedures to pass an emergency debt limit extension at a fixed dollar amount to cover current spending levels into December,” McConnell stated via Twitter.
This is not a good look for the Republicans right now. On the one hand, McConnell’s move highlights the growing divide between the older generation of Republicans from which McConnell comes vs. the newer, anti-establishment wing that has grown in recent years. Additionally, when you give Democrats an inch, they take a mile, meaning that suspending the debt ceiling could turn into no debt ceiling at all soon. We’ve seen taking down Confederate statues mutate into knocking down monuments to Washington and our other beloved Founding Fathers. Why should this be any different?
On the other hand, there’s a silver lining. By caving to the radical left, the GOP inadvertently paints the Dems as reckless spenders that could impact the 2022 midterms. Combined with Biden’s all-time low approval ratings and the systemic advantage that the out-of-power party enjoys in off-year elections, the Republican party is headed back to power.