The Democrats need to fight for the issues that brought them into power. Those of Us that voted Democrat in the past few elections, and certainly the last presidential election are not going to get excited, get involved, or get out the vote for them until they once again give us something to fight for. The 60 vote super majority, that came into existence after Senator Al Franken was finally allowed to be seated, seemed to only give a handful of senators any power anyway (see snowe, lieberman, etc.). The Democratic Party needs to be strong and stand up more than they give in, to the power that they swept out of Congress in 2006 and the White House in 2008. Give us something to fight for and we will fight for it. Set the debate in clear, easily understandable terms and we will shout it. But take a year to water down major legislation, bowing to opponents that have no interest working with you. Holding noone accountable for the mess you were elected to fix. Saving Marie Antionette-esque banks and corporations that show little to no concern for the society that allowed them to get and keeps them so big and rich, while doing little (barely anything by comparison) for middle and lower income Americans to speak of, or certainly that you speak of, is no way of rallying the troops.
Don't give up, because you only have the largest "simple" majority since the twenties. All the defeatist nonsense talk has got to go! Take it as a wake up call! Fight for what we put you there for! Be aggresive! Offense, not always defense! Otherwise it was all a waste and those of us on the progressive left will once again leave for more idealist pastures.
Fun Fact #1: Yesterday's special election in Massachusetts was brought to you by the Democratic Massachusetts legislature. They changed the rules for seating a Senator in an open seat from a gubenatorial appointment to a special election in advance of john kerry becoming president.
Fun Fact #2: The US Senate can get rid of the "filibuster" or change the number of votes it takes to break it with a simple majority vote, 51-49. The filibuster is not part of the US Constitution. It is in the Senate rules.
Hoboken, NJ USA
Tue Jan 19, 2010 at 07:42:30 PM PST
Yeah, it sucks that we lost our 60th vote, but really, what did 60 get us last year? It empowered Joe Lieberman, gave cover to Blanche Lincoln, provided excuses to Harry Reid, and gave a free pass to Max Baucus.
Now we don't have 60. And like the Republican Senate of the 2000s, if Democrats want to get anything done, they'll have to do it via reconciliation.
Given last year's track record in the Senate, it certainly can't make the Senate any less effective."