Joe Biden is expected to be inaugurated the 46th president two weeks from today, and we already sense trouble ahead.
But it has nothing to do with his son, Hunter.
The last Democrat president, Barack Obama, came into office on promises of hope and change, the significance of being the country's first Black president and a 9.5 million advantage in the popular vote.
Within two years, the tea party movement had risen to oppose his big-government, big-spending ways and a government-run health care system. In the 2010 mid-term election, his party lost the U.S. House. In 2012, he became the first U.S. president to win re-election with fewer votes than he received four years earlier. And in 2016, his party lost the U.S. Senate. By the time he left office, his party also had lost a net 13 governorships and 816 legislative seats.
Biden will enter office with the most votes ever for a presidential candidate, but his share of the popular vote was only 51.3%, 1.6% less than Obama's. Statistics show slightly more than 80,000 votes in the right states would have changed the result. Indeed, some in the Republican Party will be trying — futilely — to change the result today.
The 78-year-old former senator and vice president will enter the White House mainly because he wasn't the other guy. At best, his party will have a margin of 10 or so in the House and a Senate that is split 50-50 (with the strength of two independents caucusing as Democrats).
We see trouble ahead not necessarily because of what Biden might do once he's in office, though that could play a role. Two years into his term, especially if he leans to the dominant left wing of his party for policy advice, he could be facing both a Republican House and Senate in 2023.
No, we foresee an uprising because Americans are sick of false promises from campaigning candidates, say-one-thing, do-another politicians and governing against the will of a center-right country.
* Biden, practicing the pathetic "free-stuff" scheme with low-information voters that Democrats have mastered, promised Georgians Monday they would "immediately" get $2,000 checks if they elected senatorial candidates Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock.
"That's literally true," he said during a rally in Atlanta. "If you send Jon and the reverend to Washington, those $2,000 checks will go out the door."
Of course, the president-elect has no current standing to deliver on such a promise, and even when he is inaugurated, such legislation would have to be negotiated with Congress.
* Warnock has tried to assuage voters about his candidacy by saying he didn't wanted to defund the police (though he previously had frequently said such things), but secret video by Project Veritas recently recorded his staffers as saying that was a ruse — that defunding police was still his plan.
* Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-California, was so worried about her re-election as speaker last week that she allowed a COVID-positive member on the floor in order to vote for her and ignored social distancing rules. Yet, a day later she admonished members to wear masks, practice social distancing and not to linger in the chamber after voting.
* The Democrat-led House passed rules for itself last week that banned from all committees words and terms that acknowledge the male and female sex of people. Out are the words ''father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, husband, wife, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, step-sister, half brother, half sister, grandson, or granddaughter,'' among others.
"It absolutely does the very opposite of [empowering women]," retiring U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii said on Fox News, "and it's the height of hypocrisy for people who claim to be the champions of rights for women to deny the very biological existence of women . [I]t's mind-blowing because it shows just how out of touch with reality and the struggles of everyday Americans people in Congress are."
* U.S. Rep. Emauel Cleaver, D-Missouri, closed his opening prayer for the 117th Congress on Sunday with the words "amen and awomen," seemingly to point up the recently passed gender language. But the lawmaker, a United Methodist minister, surely knew "amen" has nothing to do with gender.
The word "amen" comes from Greek and Hebrew and has been used by Christians and Jews for millennia in prayer. It means "truly" or "it is so."
* House Democrats, in their rules package, also stripped broad climate change proposals from its pay-as-you-go provision. The provision mandates new spending either be paid for by spending cuts or by "pay fors" like tax increases. It's expected this will pave the way for huge expenditures like the Green New Deal the left wing of the party is pushing.
The populist revolt over Obama began less than two years after his inauguration. Biden and his House seem to be inviting the next revolt before he's ever sworn in.
Cooper: As much as many Trump voters want to change the election outcome, this challenge is an exercise in futility