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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Friday, December 11, 2009

Thoughts on Majority and healthcare

By reaching out to moderate candidates in 2006 and 2008, the Congressional Democrats won a majority that they cannot wield. (12-7 committee advantages are important, though.)

Because he faces reelection risks in 2010, Harry Reid doesn't have as much leverage over folks not seeking reelection until 2012 or 2014.

Everyone talks about the Blue Dogs, but it's really Joe Lieberman who has been the real cad here. The "blue dogs" have been fairly consistent in their positions. It's Lieberman who moved himself suddenly far to the right to leverage himself as the 60th vote.


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