When I switch you switch we switch
April 28, 2009 9:36 AM Subscribe
The last time any party had a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate was 1977-1979.
posted by allen.spaulding (227 comments total)
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With Arlen Specter's
announcement that he is switching parties and Al Franken's
recent court victory all but guaranteeing his victory in Minnesota, the Democrats will have a filibuster-proof 60 seats in the Senate. Eight years ago, Jim Jeffords
switched parties to change control of the Senate from a 50-50 tie (resolved by VP Cheney in favor of the GOP) to Democratic control.
While this might be a cause of celebration for Democrats, this recent history of switching should point out the fragility of the coalition. The one Senator to switch away from the Democrats, Joe "Joementum" Lieberman still caucuses with the party. Suddenly every Democratic Senator has the ability to hold out with the credible threat that they will leave and destroy the super majority.