This next week, decades could happen, with voters headed to the polls January 5th in the crucial Georgia senate run-off elections, while Congress is scheduled to certify the 2020 presidential results on January 6th.
Former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich joined The Cats Roundtable to bread down the all-for-nothing stakes in the Georgia elections, which he called potentially “the most impactful runoff in American history.”
Impactful because the political balance of the country could be decided for years. If Biden is sworn in to the White House, Gingrich told The Cats Roundtable that Republican incumbents David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler would insure a counter-balance to a Democratic Presidency and House of Representatives.
“If Republicans retain control, they will moderate and slowdown virtually everything that Biden and Kamala Harris want to do,” Gingrich noted.
With the President traveling to Georgia on Monday to gin up maximum turn-out, Gingrich believed that Republicans still had a home-field advantage, and would likely win. But what comes next, according to Gingrich, could be rather remarkable.
As Congress convenes on the 6th, GOP lawmakers from both Houses of Congress will object to the electoral college results, and argue electors in key battleground states were illegitimate. This could force a constitutional process, where the evidence of fraud would be investigated, but Gingrich told The Cats Roundtable the President’s chances were slim.
“I think what the Trump people are counting on is that if you actually get to the substance, that there are so many examples of fraud, that you have a significant number of state legislators—now in five or six states—who are saying that those electors are clearly fraudulent,” Gingrich explained, adding “real questions about exactly what happened” had to be answered to rebuild faith in the system.
“Clearly, after this election, we’re going to have to have a major national effort to go out and to insist on cleaning up the election laws and getting back to honest elections,” the former speaker reflected.
While lawmakers were able to pass a $900 billion care package at the end of December, voices on both sides of the aisle have called for larger single-payments to qualifying Americans, following eleventh hour criticisms from President Trump that the aid package failed to help ordinary people enough.
With so much at stake, in Georgia and the country at large, Gingrich hoped the GOP would “recognize how difficult the situation is” and put the stimulus checks on the floor.
“Republicans don’t want to look like they’re opposed to helping everyday people,” Gingrich told The Cats Roundtable, noting Trump’s urge for more money for Americans was “a genuine kind of populism.”
As the vaccine roll out builds across the country, Americans can begin to potentially see the elusive light at the end of a difficult year. Gingrich urged Americans to welcome in the future and to not get “mired down in the current mess.”
“I think 2021 should be thought of as the beginning of a great decade of opportunity,” Gingrich hoped. “And that means all of us are going to have to roll up our sleeves and go out and work hard.”
Listen to the interview below