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Mon Mar 17, 2014, 01:42 PM

Why taking over the Senate may not do Republicans much good

Why taking over the Senate may not do Republicans much good


If the Republicans do take the Senate, they won’t have a lot of time to savor the victory, because two years later they’re going to be the ones defending more seats (see Sean Trende’s analysis for more details). That makes it entirely possible, maybe even likely, that Republicans will have control of both houses for only two years, and after 2016 we’ll go back to the way things are now. So can they legislate during that time?


The Post’s Robert Costa reported that House Republican leaders are coalescing around an alternative to the ACA that would do some of the things Republicans have been advocating for years: repeal the ACA, institute medical malpractice reform, let people buy insurance across state lines and a few other things.

See the difference? The senators accept that the ACA is law and are thinking about how they’d like to change it. The House members are coming up with another way to make a futile, symbolic shaking of their fists in the general direction of the White House. And this may offer a clue to how legislating would proceed in a Republican Congress. The House, still dominated by extremely conservative Republicans for whom any hint of compromise is considered the highest treason, could continue to pass one doomed bill after another, while the Senate tries to write bills that have at least some chance of ever becoming law.

And that would be just fine with Barack Obama. If he’s faced with both houses controlled by the opposition, there’s nothing he’d rather see than them fighting with each other and passing only unrealistic bills that he can veto without worrying about any backlash from the public.


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fredamae Mar 2014 #1
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Mon Mar 17, 2014, 03:35 PM

1. Surely, you mean Pres Biden?

I absolutely believe the GOP, if they get both senate and keep the house-will impeach PBO.

And who knows--maybe they'll be able to oust Biden too--Everyday they do things that are unprecedented and surreal---at a time we don't believe it can happen here.....big money gets big favors and there seems Little we can do about it and good luck getting the SCOTUS to rule any differently than they did when they gave us "W"...
So if Boehner keeps his seat/speakership...lol--maybe you mean Pres Boehner?

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Mon Mar 17, 2014, 03:36 PM

2. what if Scalia dies ?

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