Friday, November 14, 2008

The Quest for 60

There's been to much emphasis on the magic number of 60 for my tastes. Yes, getting a 60 seat Democratic caucus would be better than 57. But (as Steve Benen rightly points out), having a 60 seat caucus is no guarantee that you will be able to break filibusters.

I've been arguing for months now that if the Democrats reach 57 or 58 that the weight of that much influence, combined with a popular President, will tip the scales enough that the few moderates left in the Republican caucus (Snow, Collins, Voinovich and Specter) would be open to deal making.

More is better, but it is not necessary.

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