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  •  We have opponents who don't love the country (1+ / 0-)
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    the bad faith among Senate Republicans is a steady ooze.  What is Specter doing holding up Eric Holder but to bring back the horrible 1990s (Ok I know that is ludicrous nad hopefulle self defeating but it is distracting)?  And McConnell now cares about federal spending?

    The Senate is a bad tempered fraternity in the first place.  So it is important to start out the next term with a full senate and a straight up or down procedure accepting the new members.  You know there will be a fight about Franken so the focus of the Democratic leadership is to emphasize the need for the Senate to get working immediately.  Bring everybody in.  Let litigation happen but ignore it.

    Now let's look at this beautiful scenario.  A bunch of Democrats are going to not seat a Democrat because a corrupt Democratic Governor from the state where the new president comes from appointed him.  And the guy is African American to boot (in the past Republicans have had to scrounge around for African Americans like Clarence Thomas).

    If I was a Republican and my chief objective in life was to damage Demcorats and the Demcoratic President (my objective certainly is not the welfare of the USA), I am looking at a gift horse here.  I don't even have to try hard because I know the Senate Democrats will screw it up even further (Durbin for one has become the flip flopper par excellence of moral opprobrium when it comes to war crimes, Lieberman, etc.)

    On the progressive, isn't it great to have real elections front, the Burris nomination is perfect because he is dead in 2010.  That gives anyone a fair shot at the seat.  A special election before then would be a typical slimy Illinois affair with the insiders and machines tyring to put their thumbs on the scale (please read up on hos John Stroger became President of Cook County and how Dan Lipinksi became a congressman).  

    •  By full Senate (0+ / 0-)

      do you have some inside info on what's going on with Franken/Coleman? Or what about the successor to Clinton's or Udall's seat? Would waiting an extra week for a senator from Illinois completely derail Obama's agenda? If so, it must be concluded that he has much bigger problems than one senator.

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