I just got this interesting little email from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), headed up (I believe) by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY):
If you think 2006 was huge, 2008 is the Halley’s Comet of elections – it doesn’t come around all that often, and when it does you don’t want to miss it. Because if 2006 was the year we took back the Congress, 2008 is the year we can take back America.
Don’t get me wrong; what we accomplished in 2006 was a big deal. I’ll take a one-seat Senate majority over a one-seat minority any day of the week and twice on Sundays. But imagine how sweet it would be if next year we can go for a clean sweep – a Democratic president, a stronger Democratic House of Representatives, and an even bigger Democratic majority in the Senate.
Click here to make a contribution of $50, $75 or more to expand Democratic control of the United States Senate. Give now and a group of Democratic senators will double your contribution.
I know a lot of you are feeling good about our chances of electing a Democratic president. So am I. But I know this from hard experience, a president who doesn’t have 60 votes in the Senate is going to have a much rougher time of it than a president who does. So there you go — another reason to support the DSCC today.
Oh, really? “[A] president who doesn’t have 60 votes in the Senate is going to have a much rougher time of it than a president who does.” Why is it, then, that this president who doesn’t have 60 votes, who doesn’t even have 50 votes, is getting EVERYTHING he wants! More troops in Iraq, more money for Iraq, an attorney general who equivocates on torture, two right-wingnuts on the Supreme Court, and more?
Because the Dems won’t play hardball, and until they do, they don’t get a cent of my money.When Alito was going through confirmation, Repugs screamed “up or down vote!” and threatened to eliminate filibusters altogether if Dems even thought about it. One Dem could have filibustered Alito, and with only forty more Dems to support it, we could’ve avoided putting another Scalia on the Court.
That’s what Repugs have been doing at every juncture. They’ve held the Dems hostage to the threat of filibuster, and the Dems won’t even force them to actually filibuster! They’ve created a “gentleman’s agreement” that any serious Iraq bill will need 60 votes to pass. Nice work, Sen. Reid; the Repugs get the benefit of 40-vote filibuster obstructionism without suffering the pain of going on C-SPAN everyday to show the American people how obstructionist they are being. The people, who pay little attention to Senate minutiae, just see “Troops not home” and “The Dem Congress can’t get shit done”.
Recently, the Dems were screaming about the torture-ignorant, unitary-executive-lovin’ nominee for Attorney General. Schumer and Feinstein caved, because Mukasey promised he’d enforce laws against
waterboarding the drowning torture from the Spanish Inquisition (Wow, an AG who’ll enforce laws? What a selling point! What’s next, high praise for Cheney promising to not shoot anyone else in the face?) and, in Feinstein’s words, he’s “not Alberto R. Gonzales”. But with such opposition from the Dems, surely the Repugs will need 60 votes to force it through, right?
So… there were 40 Dems who opposed Mukasey… but not one could be bothered to filibuster. Clinton, Obama, Dodd, and Biden couldn’t be bothered to even show up for the vote, despite claiming they opposed his nomination and sternly disapprove of
waterboarding the drowning torture from the Spanish Inquisition…
So… there were a possible 44 votes to continue a filibuster of Mukasey, forcing the Repugs to come up with the magical 60 votes, without which the DSCC tells me the president “is going to have a much rougher time of it than a president who does.”…
So… when Repugs so strongly believe that a blastocyst deserves Constitutional protection and pregnant women should be brood mares for the state, they force Dems to come up with 60 votes to get their way… but when Dems so strongly believe that tying someone down at an angle and forcing water into their larynx and trachea and lungs to the point where the person believes they’re going to die is a sadistic form of torture in opposition to the American values we hold most dear, they’re fine with letting the Repugs get their way with 53 votes and their Senatorial presidential candidates can’t even show up to register their disapproval…
AND YOU WANT MY MONEY TO SUPPORT MORE OF THIS KIND OF “LEADERSHIP”?
My money goes to Kucinich. Directly. (Don’t even get me started on a party that lets the opposition vote them into debating impeachment of Cheney, rather than taking it up themselves for fear of “embarrassment” at the hands of a guy with a sub-25% approval rating.)