80 Is The New 60

January 28th, 2009at 07:34am Posted by Eli

Reading this excellent and depressing piece by Dave Sirota about how Obama and the Democrats value bipartisanship over effectiveness, I am reminded of how the number of votes required to pass any Democratic legislation always seems to be some number significantly greater than the number of Democratic senators.  When they were in the minority, they couldn’t do anything without 50 votes; when they took a slim majority, they couldn’t do anything without 60 votes because of the filibuster; and now that they’re close to 60, they don’t want to pass anything without the Magickal Bipartisan Consensus Number of 80 votes.  It’s like the goalposts are on rollerskates.

Because really, what could be more important in a time of crisis than making sure that everyone agrees on your course of action?  (I mean, that was the Republican approach over the last eight years, right? It’s not like they presented every issue as an existential crisis where the Democrats had to give them everything they wanted or America would be destroyed.) What better way to make sure that you take the kind of bold, effective action needed? I mean, it’s not like the Obamacrats are going to bribe Republicans to try to tally up extra votes to win the Unity Pony, right?

I can’t figure out if Obama and the Democrats have really been chugging the Broderade, or if they simply have zero confidence that the stimulus will work, and want to make sure they take the Republicans down with them if it fails.  Although, as Sirota points out, that’s probably stupid because they’ll take the blame regardless.

Isn’t postpartisanship wonderful?

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Economy,Obama,Politics,Wankers


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