So sleazeball Saxby Chambliss gets another six years in the Senate. Oh, well, I guess it really wouldn’t be the Senate without a few sleazeballs. And what with losing Larry Craig and all, maybe jettisoning Chambliss at the same time would have been too big a breath of fresh air for the lofty inhabitants of the chamber. It might have sent the whole Senate into a fit of hyperventilation or something.
Yeah, it still sucks. I guess we’ll have to leave it to St. Peter to one day deal with Chambliss’s unconscionable attacks, six years ago, on triple amputee war hero Max Cleland’s patriotism.
Anyway, on to the broader story: with this result, we now know, as the media has been squawking incessantly, that there will be no 60-vote supposedly filibuster-proof Senate for the Democrats this year. Regardless of what happens in the increasingly weird recount in Minnesota, the GOP has at least 41 votes, all they need under the Senate’s ridiculous rules to tie Barack Obama’s agenda up into a ball. And as fate would have it, this is precisely what GOP senators have already threatened to do in a letter to Harry Reid, signed by every one of them.
Well, here’s my suggestion to the GOP caucus in the Senate: go for it big guys. Seriously, show America what a truly tone-deaf collection of has-beens you really are. In the mists of the greatest economic crisis this nation has seen since the Great Depression, get all huffy on us. At a time when Americans are screaming out for change, use the antiquated rules of the Senate to deny it to them.
Prove that you learned all the “right” lessons from the rise and fall of Newt Gingrich.
That’s right GOPers: show us what you’re made of.
There’s been some debate since the election over whether the outcome represents a profound reorientation of the electorate — whether this is the beginning of a new era of Democratic dominance in American politics. Personally, I’ve been skeptical. Clearly the demographics and the political preferences of the young favor that trend. But as someone who’s been following politics closely for a long time, I never underestimate the ability of the Democratic Party to screw things up politically.
Still, the Republican minority in the Senate may just have what it takes to make this dream of a new Democratic America a reality.
So go ahead, punks, make my day.