Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Filibuster THAT

It's now looking increasingly possible that Democrats will gain enough seats in November in order to attain a 60-seat - and thus filibuster-proof - majority in the Senate.

This would be very exciting even if Obama does not win the presidency.  But people who say that it will set up some kind of permanent, or semi-permanent progressive majority that will last for decades don't know what they're talking about.  In 2002 and 2004, after the Republicans padded their majorities in Congress and held onto the White House, people were trumpeting Karl Rove's success at building a permanent Republican majority... and it was gone roughly 730 days later.

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