Saturday, October 16, 2021

In Context: The Intervening Election

The Senate often has an “intervening day” in between when intended action is filed and when votes are taken. Give the cooling saucer a chance to cool.

Going up an order of magnitude on the time scale, Congress is in a two-month intervening period between debt limit actions. While the two sides remain at heated odds, there is a factor that could have a cooling effect: Virginia.

One of only two states to have elections every year, this year the commonwealth elects a new governor.

Terry McAuliffe is seeking another term in the job he once held. He easily won the primary. He's also dug himself some new holes by attacking parents' control over the education of their children.

If Glenn Youngkin, the Republican nominee for governor in Virginia were to win, Washington analysts are already anticipating comparisons to Senator Scott Brown's Massachusetts upset election in 2010 that served as a precursor to the mid-term shellacking in Congressional elections later that year.

The election ends on 11/2 in 17 days. If Youngkin were to win, the moderates in Congress would be emboldened to slam on the brakes on massive spending, budget timeline gimmicks, and freedom-encroaching legislation.

Something gives or we remain stuck where we are now with one Democratic faction telling the other, “You pass my bill first,” “No, you pass my bill first.”

Father, we ask You to show the true motivations of people in elections and governing actions. We ask for the American people to be able to see the truth behind the massive, significant, transforming efforts that are currently underway in this land. May the People see which way You would have us choose and may we choose Your Way.

“Many who are first will be last, and the last first.” (Matthew 19:30, Mark 10:31)

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