Even though the Nov. 3 votes haven’t been finalized in a number of states, there is a growing consensus that one of the election’s big losers was socialism, and the Democratic lawmakers pushing various flavors of it in Congress.

Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger said her colleagues on a post=election conference call tey should avoid the word, and the policies that arise from it, at all costs. If not, she said, Democrats, risk being “torn apart in 2022.”

We see what happens between now and the 2022 elections. Until then, as Reason’s Robby Soave writes, voters have clipped the socialist ascendancy’s wings — at least so long as the Senate (which has two races to be decided in January runoffs) remains in GOP hands:

…a GOP-controlled Senate will kill any chances of big, lofty, leftist legislation. The Senate could vote down Biden’s judicial picks, and they could thwart liberal Cabinet nominees. Warren’s bid for Treasury Secretary will be dead in the water.

That’s not all. A Republican Senate would block statehood for Washington, D.C., packing the Supreme Court, tax hikes, and other ideas floated in progressive circles.

If Democrats ignore the moderates in their ranks and double down on a socialist-flavored agenda, then they will indeed get torn apart in 2022. And the wounds will be entirely self-inflicted.

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