Recognizing remote hopes to secure a 2020 election win without Bernie Sanders supporters, Biden Democrats consigned their party to a far-left socialist policy pact with a bedeviling 2022 mid-term dilemma.
The 2020 congressional elections sent a resounding message to Democratic incumbents that the American electorate remains to be center-right.
Not even oceans of Silicon Valley and Wall Street funding were enough to accomplish the "blue wave" of Democratic wins that mainstream pollsters and pundits had posited.
Pre-election estimates that Republicans would lose as many as 20 U.S. House seats have proved to be widely misguided.
Instead, Republicans won all 27 U.S. House races the Cook Political Report rated as "toss-ups" in its 2020 election analysis, in addition to picking up seven of the 36 seats the outlet rated as "likely Democrat" or "lean Democrat."
Supposedly vulnerable Republican U.S. Senate incumbents Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., successfully won out by strong margins over Democratic challengers who outspent them 2 or 3 to 1.
Sen. Graham's campaign opponent Jaime Harrison reportedly raised a staggering $57 million — a new fundraising record.
State-level races showed a similar pattern. Democrats failed to flip any state GOP legislative chambers, while Republicans expanded majorities in some statehouses.
And whereas Democrats also failed to pick up a single new chamber or governorship, Republicans flipped a governor in Montana, and both legislative chambers in New Hampshire.
New GOP statehouse majorities broadly rejected progressive governance policies.
Those dramatic nationwide Democratic election failures to gain control of national and state-level legislative seats offer evidence that the victory voters they had counted on weren't buying into uber-progressive proposals, such as those that would essentially ban private health insurance, increase taxes, defund police, open borders, strangle fossil energy production and dismantle long-standing constitutional institutions.
Thus far, the Biden campaigners, backed by a compliantly incurious mainstream media, have managed to avoid discussing policy altogether, deflecting to voter appeals to "not being Trump" and an undisclosed plan to "crush the virus."
Now that Trump tweets no longer serve as a diversionary distraction from lack of meaningful messaging, that evasion of forthright content will become increasingly difficult to ignore. Democrats now own future COVID casualties … and their only available virus-crushing interventions are Trump administration-sponsored Operation Warp Speed vaccines that they so recently dismissed as impossible.
Meanwhile, as Republicans are united as never before behind a plethora of enormously successful domestic and international Trump foreign policy achievements, Democrats are splintered by rogue radicals who are hell-bent to collect on their election campaign bargain.
There's little secret that neither of the most preferred candidates of the far left — Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. — made it through the Democratic primary. Biden won out as a more electable and malleable choice.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., a co-chair of the Sanders side of the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force, described Biden as "movable," publicly bragging about her ability to "significantly push Joe Biden to do things that he hadn't signed onto before."
Although having flamed out early in the primary debates, Harris, ranked by GovTrack.us as the Senate's most liberal member, was pressed in as an olive branch to uber- progressives as their presumptive true party leader.
A coalition called the "Working Families Party" consisting of such members as the "AOC-plus-three squad," leaders of Black Lives Matter (BLM), the SEIU union, MoveOn and other influential groups left no doubt that while Biden wasn't their top choice, they expected to be able to influence him to adopt their mandates after he won office.
Working Families National Director Maurice Mitchell issued a statement clarifying, "We've always said that electing Joe Biden was a doorway, not a destination …"
The 2020 election has since prompted many U.S. House and Senate Democrats to realize that the destinations they have in mind aren't winning travel attractions for their moderate voting constituents.
House Majority Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., got it right when he warned his colleagues that if "we are going to run on Medicare for All, defund the police, socialized medicine, we're not going to win."
Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., who narrowly fended off a challenger for her Virginia Congressional district, told fellow Democrats, "don't say socialism ever again," warning that if her party continues moving left that in 2022, "we will get f*****g torn apart."
Reps. Clyburn and Spanberger read the red handwriting on the wall correctly in recognizing that a great many in 2020 America have become both weary and contemptuous of progressive partisans who push divisive "woke" identity politics, cancel culture assaults on First and Second Amendment rights, Supreme Court packing, extended economically and socially-ravaging COVID-19 shutdowns, and promised business and family income-burdensome tax increases.
On the other hand, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., clearly no conservatives, have been put on notice to remember their own vulnerabilities to challenges from their party's even more radical left.
In an interview with The Intercept's podcast, progressive hero and firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., lamented that the Democratic Party desperately needs new leadership, and Pelosi and Schumer both need to go.
The AOC threat to their party leadership is very real. Nancy Pelosi holds only a fragile grasp over control of her party's House membership following the 2020 congressional election washout that cut the Democrat majority to the thinnest margin in 20 years.
Schumer is in serious peril of becoming primaried out of a job by AOC who has access to big New York mega-donors. His position will become even more precarious if Republicans hold and expand control of the Senate following the Jan. 5, 2021 runoff election for two Republican seats in Georgia.
President-elect Biden has succeeded spectacularly in his repeated calls for unity in a deeply divided America. The Republicans are unified as never before … against socialist takeovers of constitutional liberties and institutions.
Biden's biggest obstacles in establishing political calm and comity won't likely come from Republicans, but rather from those who will now demand payment of their devil's due.
Larry Bell is an endowed professor of space architecture at the University of Houston where he founded the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA) and the graduate program in space architecture. Larry has written more than 700 articles for Newsmax and Forbes and is the author of several books. Included are: "How Everything Happened, Including Us" (2020), "Cyberwarfare: Targeting America, Our Infrastructure and Our Future" (2020), "The Weaponization of AI and the Internet: How Global Networks of Infotech Overlords are Expanding Their Control Over Our Lives" (2019), "Reinventing Ourselves: How Technology is Rapidly and Radically Transforming Humanity" (2019), "Thinking Whole: Rejecting Half-Witted Left & Right Brain Limitations" (2018), "Reflections on Oceans and Puddles: One Hundred Reasons to be Enthusiastic, Grateful and Hopeful" (2017), "Cosmic Musings: Contemplating Life Beyond Self" (2016), "Scared Witless: Prophets and Profits of Climate Doom" (2015) and "Climate of Corruption: Politics and Power Behind the Global Warming Hoax" (2011). He is currently working on a new book with Buzz Aldrin, "Beyond Footprints and Flagpoles." Read Larry Bell's Reports — More Here.