November 21, 2020
Author: Chilton Williamson

Barring some radical and comprehensive discovery—or, which is more likely, revelation—in the near future President Trump should probably concede the presidential election sooner rather than later. I can think of several reasons why he should. One is that Rudy Giuliani has failed to produce anything resembling sufficient evidence that the election was stolen by the Democrats (though that is not at all to say that it  was not) and that neither has Sidney Powell, though she has managed to dispel her former aura of sound and rational professionalism which she has replaced in part by one of personal eccentricity. The second–far more important–reason is the senatorial elections in Georgia on January the fifth.

It is necessary to keep in mind that by the time those elections are held Joe Biden will have named all, or most of, the members of his cabinet and other positions in his government. If the man has any mental awareness left to him, these will not include radicals like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Randi Weingarten. Nevertheless, many of them will be progressives, and the remainder postmodern liberals. They will not, at any rate, be appealing figures to the Republican voters of Georgia. As Donald Trump has lost the state this year after carrying it in 2016, it is crucial that he should not now offend moderate Republicans there by seeming to live up to his unfair but well-established reputation for selfish irresponsibility and egotistical mayhem, thus inviting them to punish him by delivering one-half of the Senate to President Biden and Vice-President Harris. The President’s behavior should encourage them, rather, to hobble the new administration before it takes power on January 20th by allowing the GOP to hold the Senate against what is certain to be one of the most liberal governments in American history, and to prevent the Democratic Party from executing a starkly radical program pushed by its progressive wing.

Having accomplished that much, the Republicans will be in an excellent position to increase their majority in the Senate and take the House in 2022. Those two years will also give former President Trump ample time to find and develop a new and effective role in the Republican Party,  and establish himself as a strong contender for a second presidential nomination in 2024. He may find that nearly impossible, however, should he overstay his welcome during the next eight weeks.