This is also a fork in the road for congressional Democrats, particularly those in the Senate. It seems that the GOP was able to shove its agenda through a Senate that was 50-50 and relying on Dick Cheney to cas the tiebreaking vote. So now we have a 59-41 margin. Let’s write off Lieberman and Nelson and figure we can rely on 57 votes.
One of the messages from the vote was the frustration about the ineptitude of the Democrats to get something done. The left was unhappy with a congress that was willing to compromise away progressive ideals before the debate even started, while conservatives won’t like anything that comes from our side of the aisle. Let’s energize the base.
I think the solution is to be assertive and bold, and use a 57 vote majority to enact a genuine Democratic agenda. We can’t afford to let the GOP use these delay tactics to bring our agenda to a halt. To start, let’s stop hiding under our desks when there’s even the threat of a filibuster. If the Republicans want to filibuster, make them stand in the well and talk their nonsense. Let them show themselves to be the obstructionists they are.
Of course, I like the bold and assertive style. Then again, I was for Capuano, who would have shreaded Brown into itty bitty pieces the minute he came out with that Jack Kennedy ad.