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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-07-07 08:52 AM
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Democrats positioned to widen majority in Senate
Democrats positioned to widen majority in Senate

By Thomas Ferraro 1 hour, 5 minutes ago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats are positioned to bolster their Senate majority in next year's elections, which would give them more clout regardless who succeeds President George W. Bush in the White House.

With Republicans dogged by retirements, scandals and the Iraq war, there's an outside chance Democrats will gain as many as nine seats in the 100-member Senate in the November 2008 elections, which would give them a pivotal 60.

That is the number of votes needed to clear Republican procedural roadblocks, which have been used to thwart the Democrats' efforts to force a change in Bush's policy on the Iraq war, particularly plans to withdraw U.S. troops.

The last time Democrats had an overriding majority in the Senate was in the 1977-1979 congressional session, when they held 61 seats.

"Sixty is not outside the realm of possibility," said Jennifer Duffy, who tracks Senate races for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.

"But for that to happen, everything would have to break their way," she said. "Right now, it's way too early to say."

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071007/pl_nm/usa_politics_...
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ray of light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-07-07 08:56 AM
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1. GOOD--like the part here:

That is the number of votes needed to clear Republican procedural roadblocks, which have been used to thwart the Democrats' efforts to force a change in Bush's policy on the Iraq war, particularly plans to withdraw U.S. troops.


I think it's important that some media is recognising the Republican procedural roadblocks becaus they're using it to blame the Dems.

(I just blame the Dems for not holding IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS and not just sending bill after bill with revisions and all into Congress.)
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derby378 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-07-07 09:14 AM
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2. Larry Craig, meet Larry LaRocco
We can start by purging the Idaho Republican Senator and replacing him with a Democrat.
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-07-07 09:21 AM
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3. Kick.
:kick:
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martymar64 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-07-07 09:30 AM
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4. Then it won't matter who's president
A veto proof majority will be enough to allow REAL democrats to start enacting some real change and not just the Titanic deck chair rearranging bullshit that's going on now in Congress.
I'm not going to hold my breath tough. There's still going to be the contingent of Bush-Dog "democrats" in congress as well. If that's the case, then secession will be the only solution.
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