Cortez Masto Wins – But Democrats Won’t Control The Senate

Great news. According to the Associated Press and MSNBC, Catherine Cortez Masto is now the projected winner in Nevada Senate race.

Of course, there are going to be court challenges. The Nevada race will be put under such close scrutiny that the issue may not be fully resolved for months to come.

MSNBC also declared that the Democratic Party will retain control over the Senate.

That’s not true because the Democratic party has not had EFFECTIVE control over the Senate since 2015 because there are two Republican operatives. Manchin and Sinema, who are posing as Democratic Senators.

Manchin, in particular, has a penchant for using his vote to manipulate the Biden administration to do his bidding…often for his own personal benefit.

As long as Manchin and Sinema are sitting in the Senate, the Democrats need 52 seats to offset these two Republican operatives who are buried like ticks in the Democratic Caucus.

If Warnock wins in December, as I hope and think he will, that would give the Democrats 51 votes in the Senate…and that is as good as it is going to get until 2024.

With a 51 to 49 spread, and Manchin and Sinema voting with the Republicans on keystone issues, the Democrats will end up with a 49 to 51 deficit and the Vice President becomes irrelevant because the VP can only break a tie. She cannot create one.

We know that Manchin will continue to use this power to manipulate the entire legislative process. This makes Sinema even more important because Sinema is the only person who can prevent Manchin from giving Republicans the win over and over again.

The REALLY BAD NEWS is that the Democraticc party will probably continue to act as if they really do have effective control over the Senate when, in fact, they do not.

The REALLY REALLY BAD NEWS is that news outlets like MSNBC will continue to misrepresent the reality of the circumstances in the United States Senate, generating a false complacency within the Democratic leadership and among rank and file Democratic voters.

Yes, this by-election was a great achievement for the Democrati party…but, no, it was not enough.