The balance of power in Washington could be thrown into chaos.
All hell is breaking loose as senators, the media, and the Biden administration scramble to figure out what is going on.
And that’s because this Republican senator made a major announcement about leaving the chamber.
South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham revealed that he tested positive for COVID-19 and would quarantine for ten days.
Graham added that he was fully vaccinated yet contracted the virus.
“I was just informed by the House physician I have tested positive for #COVID19 even after being vaccinated. I started having flu-like symptoms Saturday night and went to the doctor this morning,” Graham wrote on Twitter.
However, Graham stated that his symptoms were mild, and that Graham credited the vaccine for reducing the severity of the infection.
“I feel like I have a sinus infection and at present time I have mild symptoms. I will be quarantining for ten days. I am very glad I was vaccinated because without vaccination I am certain I would not feel as well as I do now. My symptoms would be far worse,” Graham added.
Graham testing positive forced Democrats to contemplate an ugly reality.
Republicans and Democrats each hold 50 Senate seats.
But Chuck Schumer runs the Senate as majority leader by virtue of Vice President Kamala Harris’ constitutional power to cast any tie-breaking votes.
That majority depends on all 50 Democrats being present.
If even one Democrat contracts the coronavirus the majority is at risk.
Democrats pondered this reality as Graham spent time with ten other senators at a party on West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin’s houseboat.
“Sen. Joe Manchin entertained a small group of senators on his houseboat this weekend — and Sen. Lindsey Graham was in attendance, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Manchin’s office declined to comment on the attendance on his boat,” Manu Raju reported.
In addition to Manchin, Democrat Senators Mark Kelly, Chris Coons, Jacky Rosen, and Catherine Cortez Masto were in attendance.
A COVID outbreak among Democrats would stall their ability to pass a budget resolution to begin the process of trying to ram a $3.5 trillion socialist welfare and Green New Deal spending bill through the Senate.
That depends on all 50 Democrats casting a ‘yes’ vote.
If Democrats suffer a health issue, they will no longer have the votes to pass the resolution that unlocks the budget reconciliation process.
Graham’s positive COVID test also sent shivers down the spines of Democrats worried about 82-year-old liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer not retiring at the end of this most recent Supreme Court term.
If Democrats lose the majority, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell already announced the GOP would not confirm a Supreme Court nominee in 2022 if the GOP somehow gets the majority.
McConnell even hinted that a Republican Senate majority might not confirm any Supreme Court nominees before the 2024 presidential election.
Graham’s coronavirus infection is thankfully not serious.
But it is causing pundits and Democrats to consider what could happen if the unthinkable occurs.
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