Then there’s the matter of appearance. While Biden risks expending precious political capital even before taking the oath of office, if he plays it safe and declines to go to a state he narrowly won — especially after President Donald Trump and a bevy of Republicans have campaigned there — it will send an early message of caution and timidity. And it would signal to Georgia Democrats that the uphill contests were too far out of reach.

“I don’t think there’s a choice here,” said Doug Sosnik, former White House political director for President Bill Clinton.

“If he does go, and Democrats don’t win, he won’t be blamed. But if he doesn’t go, then you guys would write about why he’s not going,” Sosnik said. “It’s a good problem to have because obviously the campaigns [of Ossoff and Warnock] want him there. It would be worse if they didn’t.”