Like the majority of people in this country, I was giddy and ecstatic when the Democrats took over the majority in both houses of Congress last November. I thought that finally we'd have some checks-and-balances on the Bush Administration's executive power grab. I thought that maaaaaybe there would be some common sense back in our government. I thought that the progressive agenda might get a little headway. I thought there was a possibility that Darth & Dubya might be humbled into acknowledging the will of the people, particularly after the Iraq Study Group's recommendations also encouraged redeployment of troops and political solutions engaging the neighbors. But noooooooo.
If nothing else, this week taught me that even though the Democrats have the majority, they really don't have enough control in Congress to "Get 'er done". The rules of the Senate are such that they protect the voices of the minority. And as such, the Republicans still wield enough power and influence to obstruct democratic progress. While level-headed senators try to send a (non-binding) non-escalation message to the president, the slant-headed senators (i.e. Republicans & Lieberman) are busy pulling parliamentary maneuvers to prevent even debating the issue.
Given all that's happened, not just this week but over the last two months since the election, I'm ready to make some predictions...
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