Opinion | Why a Senate Majority Really Does Matter

To the Editor:

Re “A Senate Majority Is Overrated,” by James M. Curry and Frances E. Lee (Op-Ed, Nov. 19):

Perhaps history shows that big things can happen with divided government. But that was before Mitch McConnell was majority leader.

If you care about voting rights, the dignity of work and a functioning government, Georgia’s special election matters.

Sherrod Brown
The writer is a Democratic senator from Ohio.

To the Editor:

While Professors Curry and Lee set forth a reasonable historical analysis of significant legislation that passed with bipartisan support, they neglect to factor in the dramatic transformation that has infected the Republican Party. The Trump era has solidified the reality that Republicans who cooperate and work with Democrats will be targeted and risk their own political future.

While working with the other side and compromise used to be commendable traits in political leaders, Republicans now treat their colleagues who do so with disdain. The numerous stories of Republicans who vehemently criticize President Trump and Trumpism in private while professing their full support in their public statements indicate that they are unlikely to work collaboratively with Democrats in the incoming Biden administration.

The fear of primary challenges fueled by attacks from Mr. Trump (who together with his sycophants is not going away when he departs the White House on Jan. 20) will regrettably result in deadlock and paralysis after President-elect Joe Biden assumes office and the new Congress is sworn in.

Dean R. Brown
Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.

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