Monday, November 17, 2008

Right-wing obstructionism depends on Georgia vote

On Nov. 4th the Democrats won the presidency by a virtual landslide and increased their control of the House and Senate. In order to have filibuster-proof control (60 votes) of the Senate they have to win all three Senate seats still being contested (Minnesota, Alaska and Georgia). This is a long shot. The Alaska recount will probably be over tomorrow and is the best chance for a Democratic victory. The Minnesota recount will begin Wednesday and go on until the holidays and the Georgia re-vote will take place on Dec. 2. The right-wing nut jobs are freaking out about the very slight chance that they won't be able to filibuster the Democrats proposals ("the change that we need"). Listen to Dick Morris and Eileen McGann on this:
Hanging in the balance is, perhaps, the fate of the center-right free market system that has brought America decades of success and prosperity. .... We can’t do much about Minnesota and Alaska, but we sure can do a lot to hold onto the seat in Georgia. And it just might be that seat that marks whether or not we will be able to sustain a filibuster of Obama’s socialist legislation.
I'll leave it to you to decide about the "success and prosperity" of the "free market system" but it's hard to know what to make of "Obama's socialist legislation." Ignorance or fear-mongering do tend to undermine whatever credibility Morris and McGann might have left.

Although not labelling the President-elect a socialist, David A. Patten puts the stakes in the Georgia race very clearly:
The stakes are incredibly high. If the Republicans keep the Georgia Senate seat they will have a much greater chance of stopping Obama’s legislative plans.
If the party roles were reversed and the Democrats were planning to block a Republican president's "legislative plans" brfore they were even unveiled, the right-wing would be whining and bitching 24/7 on every cable news channel.

It's not clear what will happen in the three remaining races or what the eventual composition of the new Senate will be, but the shape of the ideologically-based opposition Obama will face is becoming very clear.

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