November 05, 2008

60 in 2010?

I hope that Obama has a big enough "mandate" that the village idiots in Washington (the center-right pundit class) will start browbeating the Senate into letting him get some major legislation passed, starting with changes in the tax code and his health care plan. If that doesn't happen, we're going to have to look ahead to 2010 and hope that several old Republicans, who think it sucks to be in the minority, finally retire and leave some open seats for us to shoot for in competitive states like Missouri, Iowa, Kentucky and Ohio.

I'm really worried that over the next two months, the base is going to whip themselves up into a frenzy trying to get their 40-Senator firewall firmly in place to oppose any major legislation. Then in two years, the talk radio crowd will openly wonder why Obama can't seem to get anything done. "See?" they'll say, "he's too inexperienced, he doesn't have the political skill to get things done in Washington," when the real roadblock is the filibuster in the Senate.

Oh well, if nothing else, we can always hope for several retirements on the Supreme Court that we can fill with young, smart liberals to oppose the Scalia side of the court. Confirmation hearings won't be a problem with such a large Senate majority, no filibuster problems there. At least, that assumes the Dems can get their act together and be unified when it is critical, something their history shows is unlikely.

Posted by Observer at November 5, 2008 10:37 AM

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