IF Biden and Harris hang on to win, the United States isn’t just getting a new President and VP in January. We will also get:
A State Department that doesn’t insult our allies and suck up to tyrants.
A Secretary of Education who believes in public education.
An Environmental Protection Agency head who believes in protecting the environment.
A Department of Health and Human Services head who believes in providing health and human services.
A Secretary of the Interior who believes in conserving America’s public lands.
A Secretary of Energy who believes renewables should be a bigger part of the country’s energy mix, and who will restore the climate change information, research, and data that the current Administration purged.
A Secretary of Agriculture who won’t make U.S. farmers bear the brunt of the President’s trade wars and tariffs.
A Secretary of Labor who will help workers at least as much as CEOs.
A Secretary of Transportation who might actually advance next-generation technologies, as well as an infrastructure (“roads and bridges”) plan that’s been promised for four years and never materialized.
An Attorney General who works for the American people rather than as the President’s personal attorney.
A Postmaster General who regards mail as an essential public service and will try to deliver it instead of impede it.
A NASA head who isn’t compelled to spend billions to stroke his boss’s ego (the only reason NASA’s Artemis program keeps pushing its deadline to return Americans to the Moon by 2024 is to give Trump a shiny crown with which to cap his second term).
Press secretaries whose literal first words to the press (“I will never lie to you”) won’t be lies.
Directors of the CDC, FDA, National Weather Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (remember the Sharpie hurricane path?) who aren’t afraid to tell their boss or the public the truth about science.
Directors of the CIA and FBI who aren’t afraid to tell their boss or the public the truth about intelligence.
Military officers who know they won’t be ordered to violate their services’ chains of command or discipline, or be pressured to violate their oaths to defend the Constitution, based on the whims of their Commander in Chief.
Aides who aren’t afraid to tell the President something he doesn’t want to hear.
Aides who aren’t immediately related to the President.
Aides who don’t need the President to pardon them or commute their sentences when they’re convicted of crimes that directly benefit the President.
A Secret Service Agency that won’t be billed to stay at properties the President owns, or ordered to drive him around in a closed limo when he has a deadly communicable disease.
Most likely, zero payouts to porn stars.
Fewer Tweets, with better spelling and grammar.
Peace and quiet.
All the people in this photo out of work.
And perhaps most importantly, a task force to reunite hundreds of children, who were kidnapped at the border by the United States, with their families.
We won’t get everything we might have hoped for, but we’ll get a hell of a lot.