Return to reality | Tom Camfield

Tom Camfield
Posted 11/11/20

TRUMP IS GOING TO MAKE THINGS UGLY until he's actually out of office Jan. 20—and even then he'll have Twitter. And he’ll be raving on to any wayward ear he can capture. Only if Democrats …

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Return to reality | Tom Camfield


TRUMP IS GOING TO MAKE THINGS UGLY until he's actually out of office Jan. 20 — and even then he'll have Twitter. And he’ll be raving on to any wayward ear he can capture. Only if Democrats beat the opposition in the Jan. 5 special elections will Biden take office without the encumbrance of a U.S. Senate headed by Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Georgia has a chance to lead the nation right now, and we can only pray that this comes to pass, that the reshaping of the Southern electorate being accomplished largely by political/social activist Stacey Abrams will continue to a sufficient degree.

Abrams is one of the heroes around our house. She is an American politician, lawyer, voting rights activist, and author who served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2007 to 2017, serving as minority leader from 2011 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, Abrams founded Fair Fight Action, an organization to address voter suppression, in 2018.

Republicans lead in Senate memberships right now — by two (three momentarily until the California governor replaces Harris). If Ossoff and Warnock win the Georgia runoff elections Jan. 5, the Senate’s voting ability would be tied — said tie broken by the vice-president (Kamala Harris), president of the Senate. The present Senate refused to allow impeachment of Donald Trump.

Victory by Ossoff and Warnock in the runoff races Jan. 5 would sap the influence of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He currently can grant a quick death to any matter emanating from the Democratic House of Representatives — and give safe passage to all conservative moves and issues.

The Senate also has power of approval over the appointment of U.S. Supreme Court justices, district and appellate court judges, etc. Trump appointed more than 200 judges during the current four-year term.

The House of Representatives maintained a Democratic edge in the regular balloting. For senator, however, no one received 50 percent of the vote in either race, so the two leaders in each will meet in runoffs Jan. 5.

The true “elitists” in my view, would be the two well-heeled Republican incumbent senators, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler (an appointee and the wealthiest member of the Senate).

Perdue, heavily pro-Trump and who skipped the final pre-election debate after being called “a crook” by Ossoff, edged Ossoff. A third candidate won an insignificant amount of the vote that was enough to keep both of the others short of 50 percent in the close battle. Perdue, a former management consultant, has been CEO of Reebok, Pillowtex and Dollar General.

Warnock is senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. preached in earlier times. He won the balloting among three Democrats but was somewhat short of the combined count for Loeffler and another Republican.

A vote smaller than the general election is expected due to the upsurge in the coronavirus pandemic and a general post-holiday let-down. But this could be offset by increased campaigning funding — and better informing of the public to the power of a Senate majority. We’re talking about the Affordable Care Act and health care in general for starters. Coronavirus funding, general tax adjustments, etc.

Biden, who was elected the 46th president on Saturday, is taking steps to build a government despite questions about whether Trump will ever offer the traditional assistance. He is focusing first on the virus, which has already killed 240,000 people in the United States.

Biden on Monday announced details of a task force that will create a blueprint to attempt to bring the pandemic under control — that he plans to begin implementing after assuming the presidency on Jan. 20.

Even many Republicans are now avoiding Trump. The ongoing lie is just getting too big for any resemblance to reality.

However, it will be interesting to see what role — if any — he will play in the Georgia special election campaign during the next couple of months. I’m not holding my breath until he lifts a finger to assist Biden in such things as dealing with the fall upsurge of the coronavirus and the dying of Americans. There are only criticisms, no ego-stroking for Donald in such things.

HERE’S A NICE LITTLE QUOTE I picked up somewhere a while back: “Stacey Abrams spent years working to convince political power players that Georgia is a genuine two-party battleground, a Deep South state where the left could compete if it organized Black voters, other sporadic voters and stopped apologizing for being Democrats. She was right.”

A saying already making the rounds the other say was “Headway not headlines.”