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Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Not that his defeat isn't richly deserved:
Sen. Ted Stevens, the longest serving Republican in Senate history, narrowly lost his re-election bid Tuesday, marking the downfall of a Washington political power and Alaska icon who couldn't survive a conviction on federal corruption charges. His defeat by Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich moves Senate Democrats within two seats of a filibuster-proof 60-vote majority.
Democrats now have 58 seats (and Joe Lieberman) in the Senate.

As an aside, taking the filibuster number from 60 to a another lower number is a rule change and only requires a majority (51) vote to pass. Whether the Democrats will take advantage of that to change the rules to ensure a filibuster-proof Senate by lowering that to, say 55, or whether they'll figure they're close enough to get what they want without doing so and preserve it for when they are again in the minority (and they will be) remains to be seen. I'd guess they'll preserve it for now and see how it goes for a while before contemplating any change.
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As badly as I hate to see more Democrats gain power, I’m glad to see Stevens gone. He was an impediment to any significant change in direction for Senate Republicans. He was long ago assimilated by the Beltway collective and his Borg-like fixation on power and pork made him an enemy of limited government.

I don’t think guys like Stevens can be turned once they embrace "government as a solution" philosophy, and begin believing they are above the rules others have to live by. Hopefully, he’ll serve as a cautionary tale to some of the Republicans who are left. If they want to hold on to power, they need to learn the lesson that becoming like Stevens endangers it. (Are you listening, Bob Corker?)
Written By: Billy Hollis
With Minnesota and Georgia still not decided, they may get that 60 anyways...
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Good riddance to bad rubbish. May all the crooks in the party suffer a similar fate.

You can’t stand on principle if you have none. (It’s going to be interesting to see Republicans in congress try to stop excessive spending.)
Written By: Ronnie Gipper
Undecided Georgians will be evaluating the significance of whether a victory by Martin could give Democrats 60 seats in the Senate, enough to give the party outright control of that body, or whether they are electing a senator to represent the people and needs of this state for the next six years.

The New Republican - young Americans "reinventing" the Republican party
Written By: newrepublican
Stevens or Frankin don’t matter in the least, the Dems have had the fillibuster proof majority from about the middle of election night. There were always enough republican squishes they could buy off.
Written By: kyleN
Now the Dems will be in complete control for the next two years.

So, in 2010, we can judge them, and The Clown™, on their overall performance.

Seeing how The Clown™ has already stated that he will "do anything" on the economy (meaning he will "spend anything"), and the Dems running up taxes and spending a ton of money saving everyone, it will be hilarious in 2009 and 2010 when the deficit hits $1 trillion plus for each of those FYs.

And, as the Fed said today, the economy will not improve into 2009 and perhaps into 2010.

Here is what we do: stand back, let the Dems take charge, and in 2010 run on "a do-nothing Congress, added to a do-nothing President, equals disaster."

Oh, this should be a fun two years.
Written By: James Marsden
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James, I have to tell you that even when you have something of value to add, you completely lose me with you ’clown’ classification. Can you at least wait until the man is in office before throwing this at him? I’m just sayin’... you lose credibility by trade marking ’clown’.
Written By: meagain
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As an aside, taking the filibuster number from 60 to a another lower number is a rule change and only requires a majority (51) vote to pass.
Nah, Senate Rule XXII expressly states that "on a measure or motion to amend the Senate rules ... the necessary affirmative vote shall be two-thirds of the Senators present and voting." You may be confusing rule changes with the nuclear/constitutional option, which is good for ending the filibuster altogether, but tough (if not impossible) to justify as a basis for preserving the filibuster under a different threshold. Even if they could amend the rules by simple majority, what’s to stop the minority from filibustering that?
Written By: Xrlq
And even if they can change the rules, I’m not sure that they will, because that removes a scapegoat.
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