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Opinion | Everything Democrats Could Do if Warnock Wins


Democrats, with Mr. Warnock, could also be in a position to replace a Supreme Court judge. The conservative majority at 6-3 makes this seem less urgent, but the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a lesson that Stephen Breyer, who retired this year, seems to note: Once you has reached retirement age, it is best to leave the court if there is a friendly presidential ideology and a controlling Senate majority.

Sonia Sotomayor is 68 years old and Elena Kagan is 62 years old. Both can serve for decades, but Democrats must think seriously about the practical benefits of appointing liberal justices in their 40s or early 50s. Amy Coney Barrett confirmed at the age of 48; Neil Gorsuch was 49. Justice Breyer wisely gave way to Justice Jackson. At the very least, perhaps Justice Sotomayor should think about standing aside with Mr Biden in the White House and Mr Schumer leading the Senate. With 51 votes, Mr Schumer could outmaneuver a radical judge like Judge Sotomayor or Kagan, helping to foster a liberal minority that could theoretically expand one day.

And then there’s 2024. If Mr. Walker defeats Mr. Warnock, Republicans will have a huge advantage in their efforts to not only topple the Senate but to build a durable majority that can last a generation or more. . The 2024 map is a harbinger for Democrats: Assuming they run for re-election, the three incumbents represent states that Mr. Trump will easily win in 2020. Mr. Manchin, outraged by the left, will have to seeking to win the dark red of West Virginia (Mr bring state in 2020 with almost 70% of the vote). Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio (who has announced he will run) will have to win the state that has already voted for Mr. Trump twice and is sending J.D. Vance to Washington. Jon Tester of Montana has the difficult task of trying to win a rural state that in recent years has become unfriendly to the Democratic Party for statewide offices.

The 51-49 majority is a better hedge against such a possible wipeout. It also gives Mr Warnock a chance to shine at the national level and prove whether he can be a formidable member of the expanding Democratic gang, the kind of senator that can become president. someday.

It’s interesting to consider whether the Georgia senator holds the answers to the various major and minor crises that are looming over the party’s future. Mr. Warnock, like Barack Obama, is a Black politician who has proven he can bring together multiracial coalitions, sustaining working-class support in black communities. color while also attracting a number of right-leaning voters and independents, many of whom are white. To get to the finish line just before Mr. Walker in November, Mr. Warnock had to convince a large number of Georgians who were voting to re-elect the Republican governor, Brian Kemp. Mr. Warnock has repeatedly boasted of his bipartisan goodwill — his campaign is still actively engaging Kemp voters, even after the governor’s defeat to Walker — while retaining enthusiasm from the Democratic base. He does this in part by being a staunch supporter of Biden’s policy agenda in Washington, avoiding the needless antagonism that has made both Manchin and Sinema enemies of the wing. described during the past two years.

Mr. Warnock entered the final phase with three times lots of cash on hand like Mr. Walker, who’s been trying to combat a bunch of negativity lately television advisement and carpet allegations. Once again, America’s fate is tied in Georgia, and Mr. Warnock’s own political star is likely to shine much brighter in the coming weeks.

Ross Barkan, a novelist, is a contributor to New York Magazine and The Nation.

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