Re: Now that the democrats are 'in charge' .....
The Democrats control the committees in the House and Senate
leadership, they're all even, with the chairman being the deciding
vote, and normally that's the majority.
They control what gets put on the table, and how it is handled.
Does it mean they get all they want?
The GOP didn't pass all it wanted.
Look at what the GOP did with judges and the tax
cuts, they couldn't make them permanent, or pass
Bolton's UN position through by votes.
The President didn't get all he wanted with
They have differences w/i the party.
Same for the Democrats, though most are pretty liberal
and will vote with San Fran Nan and her gaggle of left wingers.
Some Democrats are not liberal, and may not want the same
fiscal or policy items Pelosi does. If they all agreed on everything,
they wouldn't have dumped on Lieberman so badly. There were some
Democrats that supported Lieberman in the House and Senate that
didnt go along w/the Lamont party candidacy.
As even the NY Times pointed out, the Dems gave people candidates
in many states that were running as Republican style leaders -
no new taxes, no to cut and run, no to bigger govt. Will they
just ignore all those candidates now that they won?
Coalitions...you'll see a lot of little groups form. Like McCain's bipartisan
gang of 14. He loves doing that. He used to do it to needle
Bush. Now, he'll do it to screw up the Democrats, and make them
look like liberal nutjobs - to help his campaign hopes with the GOP base.
They will push fast for:
amnesty & immigration reform that is lax;
higher minimum wage (again);
national health care ( again);
bigger prescription plan (again);
removal of tax cuts (again);
higher taxes for individuals & companies (again);
cut and run from Iraq;
impeachment proceedings (again- payback time).
Will it only give the GOP base the push it lacked in 06,
Will it help spur the liberal base even more?
Will it irritate the 2% that change election results enough,
getting nothing done...to change things in 2008?
The results are a Democratic win, but, it's not like the Ronald
Reagan 49 state sweep - that was a landslide across the board.