The Democrats currently have a majority in the House of Representatives and the tie-breaker vote in the Senate. However, that could all change at any moment — and not just because of the Americans fed up with their awful policies.
Democrats are concerned that some in their party are just too old to hang on and fear that it could reverse their tenuous control of the Senate, according to Hot Air. Because the balance is 50-50 with Vice President Kamala Harris the tiebreaker vote, they need all the votes they can get to pass legislation.
“Our ability to make good on Biden’s agenda is pretty much dangling by a thread,” former aide to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Brian Fallon told the New York Times. “I don’t think it’s uncouth to talk about it. I think it’s a reality that has to inform the urgency with which we approach those issues.”
This Congress is one of the oldest to serve. The average age in the Senate is 64 while in the House of Representatives it’s 58. This means that illness or death could strike at any moment and the change could favor Republicans.
There have been three deaths in the House since the beginning of this term, the most since 1980. Also troubling Democrats is the history of some of their oldest Senators. In January, 81-year-old Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) was hospitalized. Many have speculated whether Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), 87 is still fit for office, although it seems those worries mostly stemmed from her saying nice things about Republicans.
Even former presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) is on shaky ground when it comes to his health. The 79-year-old lawmaker had a heart attack in 2019 during his primary run to be the Democrats’ presidential nominee.
If a lawmaker dies, it’s often up to the governor to appoint someone to serve in the interim. Since nine vulnerable Senators come from states currently run by Republican governors, there’s a chance that their deaths could flip their seats and cost Democrats the much-needed vote.
It’s undeniable that the Democrats have many factors to worry about as they cling to their power. With President Joe Biden also nearing 80, this party is undeniably old and in trouble.