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  •  Nothing major was possible (1+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY

    Scott Brown won in late January 2010, that gave the GOP 41 seats and they were united in killing all Dem initiatives.  They certainly were united in killing anything major.

    That's my point, that anything that would really help required legislation that the GOP had the Senate votes to kill for almost the entire Congress.  It was really only a short window in which we had 60 votes, a lot of people don't realize that.  There wasn't a long time between Specter flipping and Franken getting seated, giving us 60, and Kennedy dying to knock us down to 59.

    Keep in mind that the rule is 60 for cloture even if there's a vacancy, so Kennedy's death didn't reduce the number of votes we needed, it just required an extra Republican to flip to pass anything.

    44, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

    by DCCyclone on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 12:30:28 PM PST

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