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Monday, August 11, 2014

If the Republicans Win the Senate: the Bright Side

I still hope (that's putting it mildly) that the Democrats keep the Senate this November.  But in case the unthinkable should happen, this article Why the GOP should tank the midterms provides a silver lining.

If the Senate goes Republican, the GOP still won't have anywhere near enough votes to convict Obama when/if the House votes to impeach him.  It takes 67 votes to convict, and there isn't a snowball's chance in Hell of the Republicans capturing anywhere near that many Senate seats.

Sure, they'll bring all future nominees to a screeching halt, and they'll be rubberstamping hundreds of corporate/rightwing bills that Obama will have to veto.  But, the GOP civil war will be more prominent and more blatant than ever.  The constant shrieking and namecalling between the Teajad and the moderate/corporate-funded Republicans will be front and center.  

Referring to the GOP's better-than-even chance of winning the Senate, the linked article says:

This should terrify Republicans.  Look into Speaker John Boehner's exasperated eyes and think about how much he has suffered the last two years trying to contain his tea–crazy Republican caucus. Now double it. Then add an extra dose of Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. And then take away the ability to blame Harry Reid for the failure to get any Republican bills passed in the Senate.

Add it all up, and what you get is not a glorious triumph of a unified army on an unstoppable march to the White House, but an expansion of the GOP civil war into a two-front bicameral battle...

What can Boehner and his Senate counterpart possibly propose to position the party for a general election in 2016 that won't be mocked and blocked by the Tea Party?
Something to look forward to IF the unthinkable happens.

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Blogger Jerry Critter said...

The republicans winning the Senate in 2014 may insure the Democrats winning the White House in 2016.

Not a bad trade off. They might even get the House and Senate back too.

August 11, 2014 at 4:14 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jerry: I agree. The GOP's public feuding and slandering might lose all 3 branches for them in 2016. One can hope.

August 11, 2014 at 5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is anybody thinking of the damage they could still do with the majority?

Tax Cuts? Subsidies? Minimum Wage? Consumer Protections? Programs to help anyone from the slightly to really Needy?

A lot can be done in two years with the right Senate.


August 12, 2014 at 12:02 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: Oh yeah, I'm thinking about all of that. I certainly hope the GOP doesn't take the Senate. I'm just trying to focus on the positive side of it, in case this catastrophe does happen.

August 12, 2014 at 12:15 AM  

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