Binah (binah1013) wrote,


Arlen Specter (R-PA) switched to the Democratic party. He didn't go Independent like Jeffords (I-RI), but joined the other side. That means *when* Al Franken gets seated (after Coleman exhausts his judicial appeals), that the Democrats will have a supermajority of 60 senators. That will mean Republican will no longer be able to be assured of being able to filibuster the senate.

I guess the Republican party cleansing continues apace. If you seem "squishy", then the party will throw up a wingnut to challenge you in your next primary (Toomey). It seems like their party tent keeps getting more exclusive. Senators Snowe and Collins, if you get tired of being called RINO...

Let's see here the breakdown of the senate now.
40 Republicans
56 Democrats
1 Socialist
--Bernie Sanders (I-VT), caucuses w/Democrats
2 Independents
--Jim Jeffords (I-RI), formerly Republican, caucuses w/Democrats
--Joe Lieberman (I-CT), formerly Democrat (lost last primary), caucuses w/Democrats
1 Undecided-MN (but will in great likelihood go to Al Franken, Democrat)

The Republican party has not prospered under Michael Steele, Eric Cantor and Mitch McConnell. The Blue Dog Democrats performing the function of loyal opposition that Republicans should do. I guess the Republicans have more soul searching to do.

I can't wait to see tonight's Rachel Maddow's show. I'm guessing her "GOP in Exile" segment will be interesting.
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