I really don’t understand the “high stakes”. Mitch McConnell is the one with the most to gain or lose. If the Dems allow the Reps to win, Mitch gets to sell his approval of the Dem agenda. If the Dems decide to steal the seats, Mitch takes a seat, watches the Dems roll, and complains about not being able to stop the Dems.
Strategically, I would think it would benefit Dems the most to allow the Reps to win. They’re still going to get their way, China Mitch will “reach across the aisle”. If anything goes wrong, they can blame Mitch and the Reps for obstructionism.
I guess there is an appeal to running the communist agenda with no negotiating necessary.
I think people are miscounting the Senate.
Kamala Harris was sworn for the new session.
If she is to be sworn in as Veep she will have to step down as Senauor and the Rats will lose on seat for awhile.
Mitt Romney can be counted on to vote with the Dems just as Bernie does.