Fans of Biden-Harris, especially any who don't follow politics closely, may be surprised to learn a Democratic administration likely will be prevented from doing much governing, should they win office. A few perspectives looking forward:
Even after the pandemic is over, we’re likely to face both persistent economic weakness and a desperate need for more public investment. But McConnell effectively blocked infrastructure spending even with Donald Trump in the White House. Why would he become more amenable with Biden in office?
For the time being, the Senate is effectively 6 to 7 percentage points redder than the country as a whole, which means that Democrats are likely to win it only in the event of a near-landslide in their favor nationally. That’s likely to make the Republican majority on the Supreme Court pretty durable.
For a contrasting note: "America's new power couple: Mitch and Joe"
Biden and McConnell have a real relationship—forged over the years as Senate colleagues and combatants. McConnell was the only Senate Republican to attend the funeral for Biden’s son Beau in 2015, and he's largely stayed away from GOP attacks on Biden’s other son, Hunter. “They have negotiated big things before. They’ve come through some very hard and even bitter fights over judicial confirmations,” Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), a close Biden ally, said in an interview. “But I think they’ve managed to stay friends or have a working, professional relationship even in the hardest of times.”
As to the future: "Trump's Staying Power"
Trump points to a viable GOP future even if he comes up short. He posted startling gains among Latino voters. This shows it’s possible to imagine a working-class-oriented Republican Party that isn’t a demographic dead end but that genuinely crosses racial lines, even if this potential is still inchoate.
"He has got the apparatus, he has got the support. If he were to lose a very tight election today, he can make the claim that it wasn't a fair and free election, the media interfered with their suppression polls, you've had the rules change, you've had ballots appear, and I think he can make a strong case to run again and I think the Republicans would step aside and let it happen."