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  •  Yup. We had majorities in both houses in 2009, (11+ / 0-)

    but we let them off the hook and let them settle in to their cushy lobbyist-supported lifestyle. If we'd been all over them and kept them off balance they wouldn't have felt so able to ignore us and piss around getting so little accomplished for two damned years and losing the midterms.

    Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. The Druid

    by FarWestGirl on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 07:41:40 PM PDT

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    •  There were never 60 Dems in the Senate in 2009 (22+ / 0-)

      When everyone was finally sworn in there were 58 Democrats and 2 independents in the Senate Democratic caucus -- one of those was Joe Lieberman who campaigned for McCain and tried to gum things up as much as he could.  There was also a Blue Dog caucus in the Senate blocking and dragging their feet.  That's reality.  

      From Kevin Drum at Mother Jones:

      About that Filibuster Proof Majority

      Well, let's at least get our history straight. Until Al Franken was sworn in on July 7, the Democratic caucus in the Senate stood at 59. After that it was technically up to 60, but Ted Kennedy hadn't cast a vote in months and was housebound due to illness. He died a few weeks later and was replaced by Paul Kirk on September 24, finally bringing the Democratic majority up to 60 in practice as well as theory. After that the Senate was in session for 11 weeks before taking its winter recess, followed by three weeks until Scott Brown won Kennedy's seat in the Massachusetts special election.

      So that means Democrats had an effective filibuster-proof majority for about 14 weeks.

      It's frustrating, but have to acknowledge the reality of the composition of the Senate and how it works or we will be like the GOP.  It's the only way to find solutions.  The House worked very well.  And the Senate made amazing progress considering it's extreme dysfunction and the makeup of the Democratic caucus.  

      If you don't think anything was accomplished in 2009-10 then compare it with 2011-12.  Big difference.  The solution is to register Democrats and get Democrats elected at all levels and keep on working to make things better.

      “The only thing that happens in an instant is destruction … everything else requires time.” ~ First Lady, Michelle Obama

      by ParkRanger on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 09:31:59 PM PDT

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    •  Well, actually, 2010 saw the arrival of (3+ / 0-)
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      87 freshman legislators in the House, many of whom had not held public office before. There were some good Democrats replaced, but that was largely because corporate interests took the axe to reps whom they hadn't been able to buy.
      I suspect we have really fallen down on the job in letting some of these newbies founder without any direction.  Being insecure, they go along with the injunction to just "say no"--i.e. obstruct.

      I do not know how many newbies are in the Dufus Brigade:

      Louie Gohmert(TX-01)
      Joe Wilson(SC-02)
      Joe Walsh (IL-08) v. Tammy Duckworth
      Steve King (IA-04) v. Christie Vilsack
      Michele Bachmann(MN-06) v. JIm Graves
      Tom Graves(GA-14)
      Paul Broun(GA-10)
      John Culberson(TX-07)
      Phil Gingrey(GA-11)
      Clif Stearns(FL-03)
      Frank Guinta(NH-01) v. Carol Shea-Porter
      Charles Bass(NH-02) v. Ann McLane Kuster
      Allen West(FL-18) v. Patrick Murphy
      Daniel Webster(FL-10)
      Austin Scott(GA-08)
      Lou Barletta(PA-11)
      Patrick McHenry(NC-10)
      Chip Cravaack(MN-08)
      Thaddeus McCotter(MI-11)
      Sean Duffy(WI-07) v. Pat Kreitlow
      Eric Cantor(VA-07) v. Wayne Powell
      Jeff Denham(CA-10)
      Steve Womack(AR-03)
      Steve Southerland(FL-02) v. Leonard Bembry
      Virginia Foxx(NC-05)
      Joe Heck(NV-03)
      John Campbell(CA-45)
      Andy Harris (MD-01)
      Peter King (NY-03)
      Frank Lobiondo(NJ-02)
      Nan Hayworth (NY-18)
      Doug Lamborn (CO-05)
      Mike Coffman (CO-06)
      Robert Dold (IL-10) v. Brad Schneider
      John Fleming (LA-04)
      Diane Black (TN-06)
      Marsha Blackburn (TN-07)
      Justin Amash (MI-03)
      Robert Hurt (VA-05)
      Jim Jordan (OH-04)
      Don Young (AK)
      Paul Ryan (WI-01) v. Rob Zerban
      Collin Peterson (MN-07)
      Renee Elmers (NC-02)
      Timothy Walberg (MI-07)
      Mike Rogers (MI-08)
      Peter Hoekstra (MI-Sen)
      Adrian Smith (NE-03)
      Vern Buchanan (FL-16) v. Keith Firzgerald
      John Sullivan (OK-01)
      Scott Rigell (VA-02)
      Ann Marie Beurkle (NY-24)
      Michael Grimm (Ny-11) v.Mark Murphy

      People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

      by hannah on Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 03:00:12 AM PDT

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