Humodour Posted April 28, 2009 Share Posted April 28, 2009 (edited) Since I figured a lot of you guys follow American politics, or at least followed the American election, you might be interested to know that the Democrats (Obama's party) just got their 60th Senate seat. In America, over the years, the senate has evolved such that you need not just a majority (50%) but a supermajority (60%) in order to pass legislation (cloture used to be a rare move, but since around Bush senior's term its been used willy nilly). The Republicans were trying extremely hard to prevent Dem cloture, but now a Republican has defected to the Democrats, so for the next two years the Dems will be able to pass subject only to their own party discipline (which isn't a sure thing - there's lots of moderate and conservative Democrat senators, Arlen Spector for one). http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/articl...sg0VpgD97RKDNO1 Al Franken is waiting to be seated after being certified by his state as a Senator. He can't beat seated until the Senator he beat - Republican Coleman - stops trying to sue him for winning, however. Snowe called Specter's decision "devastating news" for Republicans, particularly Northeastern Republicans who have almost vanished in the Senate over the last decade. "Many Republicans feel alienated and disaffected from the party," Snowe said. "It just helps nourish a culture of exclusion and alienation." Snowe recalled former Sen. James Jeffords switch from being a Republican to an independent caucusing with Democrats in 2001, a more dramatic switch that flipped power from Republicans to Democrats in the chamber. "Frankly, the party never woke up from that event," she said. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a prominent conservative voice who was John McCain's staunchest supporter in his 2008 GOP presidential campaign, warned that the party has become regionalized in its mentality. "We have to find places in the party for people who couldn't win in South Carolina," he told reporters. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/conte...ml?hpid=topnews Edited April 28, 2009 by Krezack Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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