Tuesday, January 19, 2010
If Scott Brown wins in Massachusetts, which appears likely, there will no longer be a filibuster proof majority in the senate. Despite the grim reality of losing a Democratic seat in Massachusetts, there is one small silver lining. The administration no longer has to spend all its capital keeping Joe Leiberman and Ben Nelson happy. Leiberman will lose his power to be a one man wrecking crew and Obama will just have to go to the mat for what he believes in and let it be filibustered. He may lose many more seats next November, and it is clear that staying popular with massive unemployment is impossible. But catering and caving to Joe and Ben has had a cost, and the proof is in Massachusetts.