I’m good enough, I’m smart enough and doggonit, I’ve got a Veto Proof Majority

7 Nov

When Al Franken is seated in the US Senate next week two things will happen: a new chapter of the SNL alumni association will be begin and Democrats will have the 6o votes needed to override a filibuster. The latter maybe as much a curse as a blessing for Democrats who will now hold Boardwalk and Park Place in the Monopoly game that is national politics.

With a popular Democratic President and strong Democratic majority in Congress we will see what a liberal agenda can do for this country. This is certainly a good thing for the gay rights movement and universal healthcare advocates, but less good for the cash strapped middle class who are certain to get hit hard by any increased taxes to balance out new spending.

All that being said the real problem Democrats will face politically over the next two election cycles is that if things go wrong they won’t have anyone to blame but themselves. Such a strong majority in governance will inevitably lead to broken promises and failed policies, which will swing the balance to the right and Republicans will get their chance again.  The best we can hope for now is that the national Republican party can find a strong center and keep the majority honest and moderate enough to move the country forward, without driving it to deeply into debt.

Either way just remember, “It’s easier to put on slippers than to carpet the entire world.”

Pale Politics

A Shaky Iraq’s Sovereign Step- Greg Bruno, Council on Foreign Relations

South Carolina GOP: Mark Sanford Must Go- Andy Barr and Jonathan Martin, Politico

In Pakistani Relief Camps, Charities Press Anti-US View- Jane Perlez, New York Times

US Launches Major Afghanistan Operation- CNN.com

Amnesty Details ‘Gaza War Crimes’-BBC News

Some Quick thoughts on Michael Jackson- Jonah Goldberg, National Review Online

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