Though the presidential portion of the November election has been decided, two US Senate races in Georgia are headed to runoffs on January 5. Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are looking to unseat Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, and in doing so, take back control of the Senate. If the Democrats win both seats, they will remove a major legislative roadblock in the way of the Biden administration’s ambitious agenda.
However, our conservative commentators thought such an outcome was wishful thinking. Alice Stewart, a native of Georgia, argued that Republican loyalty was stronger than Democratic strategists realize, and that Loeffler and Perdue will reap the benefits of this traditionally red-leaning state.
Hope on the horizon
Jones wrote that even if Biden is able to implement a national plan swiftly, “political divisions between governors of red and blue states will cause frustrating delays.” Her sentiment was echoed by Elliot Williams, who argued there were additional complicating factors — the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines both require two separate shots, doubling the required doses needed, and not enough children have been a part of clinical trials to approve usage for them yet.
But as concerned as many were about US distribution issues, they were even more worried about global access to the vaccine. With the exception of two contributors, everyone thought less than 40% of the world’s population would be vaccinated by July — with many believing it would be closer to 25%. Holly Thomas explained that as a result of “the likely snapping up of vaccines by wealthier countries, and the sheer size of certain populations in say, rural China, Russia and India,” it would be nearly impossible to get a majority of the globe vaccinated within six months.
Escapism through the arts
But Raul Reyes wrote that “Nomadland,” a fictional film about a woman’s journey through the American West following the Great Recession, provided the right kind of escapism for millions of people who could no longer travel the way they once did. “An unusual winner for an unusual time,” he said, predicting the film would ultimately take home the Oscar.
Still others, like Laura Coates and Ghitis, believed “Ma Rainey Black Bottom,” featuring Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman, deserved the golden statue. Ghitis wrote that if the film wins, it’ll be “Oscar’s nostalgic farewell” to Boseman and his tremendous talent.
Sports are ‘completely unstoppable’
Others, like SE Cupp, are holding out hope that their teams can come from behind to clinch the World Series and the glory. “Just because we finished 2020 with a 26-34 record, doesn’t mean the New York Mets can’t win it all next year,” Cupp wrote.
What else to expect in 2021:
2020 lessons for the new year
Besides asking CNN Opinion contributors to forecast the year ahead, we turned to everyday readers and writers to reflect on the most challenging moments of 2020. As the numbers of Covid-19 infections rose, so did unemployment rates and deaths across the globe — and we felt it imperative to put faces to the staggering charts and graphs documenting these numbers.
Despite the many challenges facing Bare and Riley, they managed to find reason to believe in a brighter future. Bare, who has taken some solace in creating artwork of pies (one of his wife’s favorite treats), says that for now we are all going to “have to trust the journey. There is no switch to flip.” And perhaps part of the journey is also understanding, as Riley explained, that “even among our most trying personal situations, we all have something to contribute here.”
Cheers to a better 2021!