If Joe Biden wins his bid to become the next President of the United States after all of the legitimate votes are counted and challenged, it is likely that many of his priorities will be significantly hampered by a Republican-majority Senate.
When Biden and his campaign surrogates talked about raising taxes, ending fossil fuels, and making unrestricted abortions legal nation-wide, he was counting on gaining a Democrat majority in the Senate as well as becoming president.
Now, it looks like the Senate will retain the slimmest of majorities, which will be enough to have veto power over the outrageous legislation sure to come from the Democrat House and a Biden White House.
While most people are more focused on the ongoing battle for their preferred candidate to get to 270 electoral votes, the U.S. stock markets quickly realized that Republicans were likely to keep the Senate and rallied on the news.
Get ready for gridlock
MSN News predicted on Thursday that a GOP Senate would be highly motivated to deny a Biden administration any wins on issues from health care to a more liberal energy policy.
After years of deficit spending under Trump, a Biden presidency may be enough to get GOP senators to rediscover fiscal discipline.
At the very least, the current status quo will prevail until the next election cycle in 2022. By then, it’s anyone’s guess which way a fickle electorate will turn.
Biden has said his decades in the Senate would help him make deals across party lines, but Republicans know that doing so will hurt them with a very polarized base after four years of Trump stoking partisan divisions.
Who will run the show?
Still, Democrat losses in the Senate and House might give Biden the excuse to resist radical policy initiatives from the left, saying the election voting didn’t support radical moves.
But although Biden’s campaign denied that he was suffering cognitive decline, it was clear to anyone who wanted to see it, so it will not likely be Biden making his own moves if he takes over the White House.
Given his campaign positions, the people running the show behind the scenes will likely be less moderate than he appeared to be, and may not be as willing to stick to centrist positions.
No matter what happens with the presidency, there is bound to be a good deal of gridlock as the parties dig in and look to bank good will with their bases until 2022.