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Opinion | McConnell on the Bridge

Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell walks from the Senate chamber on the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 29.



Photograph:

Rod Lamkey – Cnp/Zuma Press

President Trump has at all times put his private pursuits above practically every part else, and Republicans are paying the political worth. Mr. Trump misplaced his re-election bid to

Joe Biden,

and now he might value Republicans the Senate too.

Mr. Trump misplaced his re-election bid whilst Republicans did higher down-ballot as a result of extra voters favored his insurance policies than favored him. The President hewed to a largely conservative agenda so long as he wanted to take care of GOP assist. However now that he’ll quickly go away Washington, he’s throwing that over to punish Republicans and anybody else who refuses to indulge his fantasies about overturning the election.

That’s the one clarification for his choice to hitch

Bernie Sanders

and

Chuck Schumer

in pushing for $2,000 Covid reduction checks after his personal negotiators had settled for $600 and the invoice had handed Congress. Mr. Trump is making an attempt to punish

Mitch McConnell,

the Majority Chief, and

John Thune,

a member of the Senate management, as a result of they’ve acknowledged that Mr. Biden gained the election.

“Are you able to think about if the Republicans stole a Presidential Election from the Democrats – All hell would escape,” Mr. Trump tweeted on Tuesday from Florida. “Republican management solely desires the trail of least resistance. Our leaders (not me, after all!) are pathetic. They solely know how one can lose! P.S. I acquired MANY Senators.”

Truly,

GOP Sen. David Perdue

gained extra votes and an even bigger vote share than Mr. Trump did in Georgia, and Mr. Trump was the primary Republican to lose the state since 1992.

Susan Collins

additionally did higher in Maine. In the meantime, Mr. Trump’s private and political unpopularity helped to tug down incumbent

Cory Gardner

in Colorado.

With two Georgia Senate runoffs looming on Jan. 5, Mr. Trump appears intent on hurting GOP possibilities whereas blaming Senate leaders prematurely if the Republican incumbents lose. By no means thoughts that he has put Republicans on the spot by siding with Democrats on the $2,000 checks.

Mr. McConnell tried to navigate this mudslide from Mar-a-Lago as finest he may on Tuesday by saying he’ll maintain a vote on the checks and Mr. Trump’s different calls for sooner or later. The invoice may embrace the $2,000 checks, plus a repeal of Part 230 of the Communications Decency Act, plus an investigation of voter fraud.

That is the fitting coverage selection, for the reason that $2,000 checks are pointless and the really needy have entry to expanded jobless advantages, meals stamps, child-care subsidies and way more. As for the politics, that is harm management. Georgia Senators

Kelly Loeffler

and David Perdue shortly endorsed the $2,000 checks, and Mr. McConnell will take the warmth for blocking them. The Majority Chief is aware of most GOP Senators oppose including one other $350 billion or extra to the federal deficit whereas setting an terrible precedent for the following recession.

We’ll see how this performs out in Georgia, however the fault right here isn’t Mitch McConnell’s. The political harm to the GOP comes from

Donald Trump,

who’s lashing out at one and all in defeat—irrespective of if it additionally helps to elect a Democratic Senate.

Potomac Watch: In June Democrats described the coronavirus as “an amazing alternative to restructure issues to suit our imaginative and prescient.” A Biden administration will proceed that theme until Republicans unite round fiscal self-discipline. Pictures: Zuma/AFP Composite: Mark Kelly

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Appeared within the December 30, 2020, print version.

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