John Cornyn (R-TX), June 30
The implications of this Senate race are particularly significant because the Democrats will now have 60 votes in the Senate. With their supermajority, the era of excuses and finger-pointing is now over.Harry Reid (D-NV), July 6:
The challenges we face are not Democratic or Republican in nature. They are America’s challenges and they are too great to be solved by partisanship. Moving America forward will still require the cooperation and collaboration of Democrats and Republicans alike. The last eight years have shown us that the American people want us to work together. Democrats aren’t looking at Senator Franken’s election as an opportunity to ram legislation through the Senate.Harry Reid is willfully ignorant. His stated position of refusing to force an actual Republican filibuster is terrible. Wait a minute, maybe that's wrong, I just found this Reid quote:
In turn Senate Republicans must understand that Senator-elect Franken’s election does not abdicate them from the responsibility of governing. That is why we have and will continue to offer Senate Republicans a seat at the table. It is up to them to decide whether they will sit down and work for the common good or continue to be the Party of No.
[I]f people think they are going to talk this to death, we are going to be in here all night. This is not something we are going to have a silent filibuster on. If someone wants to filibuster this bill, they are going to do it in the openness of the Senate.Oh, he said that to Democrats who opposed telecom immunity in 2008. That's despicable.
Finally, to react to a challenge from the opposition to pass * Democratic legislation and own the results with a paean of bipartisanship is idiotic. Republicans have no responsibility of governing, they don't want a seat at the table, and all they have done is say no. How hard is that to understand?
No matter how many "centrist" Republican Senators sign up for a bill, the results are still the Democrats'. The most likely ending to following Reid's "strategy" is watered-down bills that don't do the job (see the stimulus) and public blame on the Democrats, both in Congress and the White House. There are two ways for Reid to lose the Majority Speaker's job. Losing his seat in 2010 or the Democrats losing the Senate Majority. I hope the former happens because I fear the latter.
* Only a cloture vote would need any arm-twisting, which really shouldn't be hard. The final vote on the bill could be 50-50 (with Biden breaking the tie).
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UPDATE: Dick Durbin to the rescue! Please! Plus some great commentary on cloture.
UPDATE II: Speaking of Illinois Senators, I am reminded that Harry Reid was rolled by this guy.