(CNN) -- Massachusetts goes to the polls Tuesday for a special election to fill Sen. Ted Kennedy's seat, which could determine the fate of the national Democratic agenda, including health care plans.It's pretty good system that keeps Democrats, even with a 40-seat majority in Congress, an 18-vote* majority in the Senate, and the presidency, from passing something as idiotic as this healthcare bill. If only gridlock could get us out of Afghanistan and maybe Korea.
Losing the seat would strip Democrats of their 60-seat majority in the U.S. Senate and give Republicans enough votes to block the comprehensive health care overhaul bill that President Obama is championing...
Conservatives are all over Scott Brown as if he's the second coming of Sarah Palin. What do you bet they hate the guy in 2 years? I mean, he's a Massachusetts Republican, how conservative can he be?
Should the GOP win this election, Olympia Snowe will become the most powerful person in the senate. Right now, conservative Democrats are able to demand huge payoffs for holding their place in the line. But when the Dems need a Republican, Snowe can set her own price, and it may be very high indeed.
CNN political analysts know nothing about politics. For example, Gloria Borger complains that, "Impending domestic financial disaster, a national health care crisis or threats of terror at home get no such bipartisan commiseration or leadership" as that of Bush and Clinton
Democrats starting to jump on Martha Whatsername even before the vote is
For the past year they have enjoyed a majority so large that they could have, for the entire past year, passed any legislation they wished without the need of a single opposition vote. How did they do?
* effectively 20 votes, since both independents vote with them.
** not that they are good responses - Congress is often at it absolute worst when legislation passes in response to an "emergency" - but they were bipartisan.
*** that does leave the question open as to whether *anyone* can rule, i.e. if the US in its current form is governable. If it's not, then the best we can hope for is not a specific election result, but a peaceful dissolution.