Let's Get Real.
The Republicans seem on the verge, many agree, of seizing control of the U.S. Senate this mid-term election. They need to gain six seats to accomplish this feat, but if the fail by one vote, the Senate will stand at a 50-50 tie. That situation would render Joe Biden a very powerful man. As Biden spent 36 years in the Senate, it is the place he feels most comfortable, and his former staff tell us that casting that tie-breaking vote again and again is something he would just love to do.
According to the rules set out in the U.S. Constitution, the Vice President is the President of the Senate, but he only has a vote if the chamber is evenly divided. VP’s normally do not hang around in the Senate much but leave the President Pro Tempore in charge- also provided for in the Constitution.
In 2000, Dick Cheney was the deciding vote in giving the GOP a Senate majority. That only lasted briefly because a “moderate” Republican soon switched to the other side and gave control to the Democrats. I doubt the reverse would occur though because my friend Jared said there are no conservative Democrats who would be likely to jump ship.