Columnist: Georgia Senate runoffs could put Kamala Harris in uniquely ‘powerful’ position

All eyes are on Georgia as Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler campaign to hold their seats in the upper chamber against Democrat challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock in a pair of runoff elections in early January — and the stakes couldn’t be higher.

According to Breitbart’s Rebecca Mansour, if Democrats prevail in the Peach State, Kamala Harris would be on track to “become one of the most powerful vice presidents in American history.” 

It’s a terrifying prospect for conservatives — but it’s very much in the cards. As Mansour explained in a Wednesday article, “if the Democrats win those races, the Senate will be evenly split 50–50.”

“[T]hat will give a Vice President Harris the power to cast the tie-breaking vote to hand control of the Senate to the Democrats,” Mansour wrote, “making the Democrats the Senate majority.”

Democrats in control?

With Harris serving as tie-breaker, her party “will have the power to set the Senate’s legislative agenda,” Mansour wrote. Dems would get control over “which bills, nominations, and measures get taken to the floor for a vote,” as well as over key decisions on committee assignments and investigations.

Winning the Senate would also give Democrats the opportunity to push through progressive reforms without much input from Republicans, as Dems have held onto control of the House — if barely — and, following a vote by the Electoral College on Monday, are set to control the White House come Jan. 20.

President Donald Trump has continued to put up a fight against the results of the 2020 presidential race, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had already declared weeks ago that Democrats secured a “mandate” from the American people on Nov. 3 to push a leftist agenda.

“Did you know that House Democrats got nearly 2 million more votes than Donald Trump?” she said in November, according to The Hill. “Everybody turned out and it was a great victory — a mandate.”

A split Senate?

If Harris does get the chance to be a tie-breaker, it certainly wouldn’t be the first time a VP stepped in to cast the deciding vote. As Mansour acknowledged, “many vice presidents have been called upon to cast a Senate tie-breaker even when one party had a clear majority.”

In March 2017, Vice President Mike Pence broke the tie to ensure the passage of a bill that made it easier for states to defund organizations that perform abortions.

“But,” Mansour wrote Wednesday, “a split Senate has happened only three times in U.S. history: in 1881, 1953, and for nearly six months in 2001. So, the outcome of the Georgia Senate races could put Kamala Harris in a position enjoyed by very few vice presidents.”

It’s a scary thought indeed.

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