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  •  When people tell me... (7+ / 0-)

    That Obama had a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate for his first two years they forget that that "super-majority" included Lieberman and Nelson.

    They won't even give the President cloture on his bill.

    Super-majority my ass.

    "Who is John Galt?" A two dimensional character in a third rate novel.

    by Inventor on Thu Nov 03, 2011 at 12:56:05 PM PDT

    •  Also, too (5+ / 0-)

      They didn't get around to swearing in the 60th senator (Al Franken) until July 7th, 2009.  Something about a recount . . .

      And by that time Ted Kennedy, the 59th member, had been dying for some time.  He had cast his last vote in the senate earlier that spring, and died a couple of months after Franken arrived.

      So.  Obama never -- not for a single day -- had a 60-vote majority in the senate.  Hard not to think of what-if scenarios.

      What if Franken's idiot opponent had not insisted on the full court battle?

      What if Kennedy had lived another 10 years?  

    •  it was four months (7+ / 0-)

      that were not even consecutive (one month, then three in a row) that Obama had sixty Democrats (if you count Sanders and Lieberman as Democrats) in the Senate. Which is not the same as having sixty votes.

      He never ever had sixty votes, because of Nelson and the Blue Dogs.

      Never. Had. Sixty. Votes.

      This is what I call "the myth of the sixty votes" that many disgruntled progressives love to wave around. Why are they more angry at the Blue Dogs who won't even give the President cloture? They can vote however they f*#king want to on the actual bill.

      Clearly I still have feelings about this fillibuster abuse.

      'Scuse me, going to therapy now.

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