The Task Ahead for Conservatives in the Biden Age

President-elect Joe Biden answers a question as he announces members of his economics and jobs team at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Del., January 8, 2021. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
Republicans have just spectacularly failed the test of being in power. If they fail the test of opposition, then they're finished.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE N ow that Donald Trump has lost the presidential election to an egg-salad sandwich, taken the Republican Senate majority down with him, and inspired a bloody insurrection that has cratered the credibility of the Republican Party at large, Republicans might want to start thinking about how to use what little power they will retain in Washington for the next two years to do something constructive, and perhaps repair their reputation a little and earn back some of the public trust they have rightly forfeited.

The good news is that there is an excellent opportunity for responsible conservative action. The bad news is