Yesterday, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that Al Franken (D) stole...oops...I mean won the contested Senate race for that state. That makes Franken the 60th Senate Democrat, which would insure a filibuster-proof majority. Or does it?
The Senate DOES have 60 Democrats after Snarlin' Arlen Specter defected to the party earlier this year, but ramming through controversial legislation is not a given.
Many senators on that side of the aisle are sticking their fingers in the wind to ascertain just how politically-suicidal their vote may be. They know the American people are getting more and more fed up with being forced to live with policies the majority of people don't want. Also, the American people are catching on to the fact that we are being hoodwinked. If there's one thing the Dems love, it's power, and if they think they'll lose that power by voting for hot-button issues the wrong way, I think they'll save their own pudgy pink butts.
Toss into the mix that two very powerful Democrats have health issues that could make a 60-count vote iffy, and there may just be a fight on the Senate floor. Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) have both had serious health issues. Kennedy's vote has been unreliable after being diagnosed with a brain tumor, and 91-year-old Byrd was just released from the hospital after a month-long stay for a staph infection. Both men have missed votes during their illnesses.
The only hope that Harry Reid (D-NV) has is this: Dems have to be as strongly united in their vote as the Reps are in theirs. If even one Democratic senator wavers, or, if Kennedy or Byrd are not well enough to vote, kiss that filibuster-proof majority goodbye. And the longer it takes to get a vote to the floor, the more time the American people have to get educated. And they REALLY don't want that.