What’s changed?

Legislative gridlock will be with us another 4 years

After one of the most expensive and divisive presidential election years in recent history, the overriding question looking forward will be, “What’s changed?”

If the presidential race unfolds as it appears with a narrow Joe Biden victory, perhaps the only thing gained over the next four years will be a president committed to protecting democracy, maintaining an independent judiciary and who doesn’t see a free press as the enemy.

Those are significant, to be sure.

But when it comes to addressing the pressing issues facing this nation, the chances of significant change appear to be slim and none.

Biden campaigned as someone who could bring together Republicans and Democrats in Congress, and for the sake of this nation we hope he can. However, we don’t know what he sees that’s different now from the Obama presidency. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was unwilling to work with the president at that time and we don’t know what incentive he has to work with Biden.

 

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