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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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