Skip to comments.Why taking over the Senate may not do Republicans much good
Posted on 03/18/2014 12:41:23 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Theres an old story about a freshman member of the House who is getting shown around by a senior member on his first day, and the freshman asks about the other party. I want to meet the enemy, he says. No, son, says the old bull, theyre the opposition. The Senate is the enemy. I thought about that today as the prospect of a Republican takeover of the Senate becomes more of a possibility. If the GOP controlled both houses, would Republicans be able to present a united front against President Obama, one that might actually accomplish any practical goals? There are some clues in the maneuvering thats going on right now over health care as Republicans look forward to this falls elections.
To begin with, we should acknowledge that a Republican takeover of the upper house is anything but a sure thing. The midterms are still seven and a half months away, and a lot could happen between now and then. There could be an economic crisis, or months of solid job growth, or an alien invasion, or who knows what.
If the Republicans do take the Senate, they wont have a lot of time to savor the victory, because two years later theyre going to be the ones defending more seats (see Sean Trendes analysis for more details). That makes it entirely possible, maybe even likely, that Republicans will have control of both houses for only two years, and after 2016 well go back to the way things are now. So can they legislate during that time?
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Well, let’s just do it anyway and find out.
Because they don’t know what to do with it once they have it.
True, unfortunately. So just don’t show up in November. Those Democrats all mean well anyway!
Their job will be to make Obama musclebound in that left arm from signing vetoes and force him to order Maalox in 55 gal. drums.
If the GOP takes over Congress, the REAL obstructionists will be exposed.
Well, that settles it. Just forget the whole election thing. Waaay too much effort.
Other than that, they're right - we'd be helpless.
Sure they do, they’ll make up nicey-nice rules and reach across the aisle and share power with minority leader Hemmreid and makes lots of noise, while the GOP nominates Jeb Bush who gets his ass kicked and President Hillary vetoes anything they put forth that she doesn’t like.
That’s why we need President Cruz.
> Why taking over the Senate may not do Republicans much good
Sounds like a statement by a Democrat who hopes the Republicans won’t bother trying.
The Republicans should take the Senate if for no other reason than to watch the Panic Show that will be the Democrats running about with the “hair on fire”.
Oh agreed. Let’s just do it. Though they truly will only get 2 years and blown out in 2016, I’m def down with ... well let’s just try.
It can stop extremist appointments, including the supreme court. It can deadlock the government, making large spending increases unlikely.
Calling Article V..... Yello!
Remember, there was a time when republicans held the House, Senate and Executive Branch. How’d that work out for us again?
Gawd help us, one way or another.
Maybe true but it certainly won’t do the Dems any good.
Lets give it the ol college try anyway
Stupid article. To stop judicial nominees ALONE, it is worth winning the Senate. NOTHING is currently more destructive to American life than the activist judiciary.
Seems to me the Washington Compost is already putting out its post election spin.
Of course even if the GOP does take over the Senate, nothing much will get done in the last remaining two years of the BHO Administration. But that’s the point.
If Republicans can organize all the scandals under a single theme showing Democrats' efforts to dishonestly manipulate the vote, that might do lasting damage.
Instead of separate hearings on the IRS and Benghazi, show how they were both part of a larger pattern to control and manipulate the public. With that, Obama's executive orders delaying provisions of Obamacare can be brought in as additional actions to manipulate the elections.
The American people need to know Democrats can't be trusted. Hearings on election manipulation would include most of the scandals and tie everything together for the average voter.
It will be worth it just to see Harry Reid knocked down a notch.
RE: To stop judicial nominees ALONE, it is worth winning the Senate
How will this work?
Obama proposes a justice who will replace a retired Ruth Ginsburg.
Congress rejects the replacement
Congress persists as well
The seat is vacant till 2017...
The article is trying to convince me that stripping Harry Reid of his powers will be meaningless.
This is why less and less people follow the news. They don’t want to be dumber after reading their article.
Anything on the Republican agenda will be filibustered long before it could be sent to Obama.
Gee Wizz WaPoop, it hasn’t done the Republicans any good at all not having control! Why not elect all Republicans to the Senate and just to find out what happens?
Paul Waldman of Media Matters Action Network
Media Matters Action Network launched Political Correction to hold conservative politicians and advocacy groups accountable
he coauthored with David Brock
I'm game. We will try to give you one Senator from Michigan.
Good response. True, it may not be much good, but what difference does it really make!
Note that Congress has used this power as recently as Bushes 41 & 43, and also with Clinton.
What this means if that if patriots and former Obama supporters can get organized to elect 2/3 conservative majority control of both Houses by both Democrats and Republicans in the 2014 elections then Congress can repeal constitutionally indefensible
Obamacare Democratcare for example, without Obama's signature.
So contrary to Mr. Waldman's arguement about questionable advantages if Republicans win the Senate, there are distinct advantanges if patriots win both the Senate and the HoR.
Yeah, so we can get more traitors, like Judas Roberts in the Supreme Court.
re: impeaching Baraq
I really don’t think having SlowJoe as POTUS would really improve the situation.
Harry'll just love his brand-new cardboard desk (some assembly required). Although I hear phone service isn't hooked up down there yet. Too bad.
Give 'ol Harry a comfortable desk chair---and tell him not to
worry about all those silly electrical switches laying around.
More of his GARBAGE! Paid for by George Soros...
Editor’s note: Paul Waldman is a contributing editor at The American Prospect and the author of “Being Right Is Not Enough: What Progressives Must Learn From Conservative Success.” Follow him on his blog and on Twitter.
(CNN) — It’s hard to overstate how frustrated Republicans have been over the last few years by their failure to gin up a juicy Obama administration scandal.
They tried with Solyndra and “Fast and Furious,” but those turned out to be gigantic nothing burgers. Well now at last, they may have something, in either Benghazi or the IRS targeting conservative groups. Unlike Benghazi, where even the Republicans claiming it was “worse than Watergate” can’t quite say what the misconduct was (unless you consider squabbling over talking points to be a nefarious and earth-shattering crime), the IRS affair is pretty straightforward.
From what we know, employees in the Cincinnati IRS office singled out conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status for extra scrutiny. If that turns out to be true, then it was absolutely wrong and the people responsible should be held to account, as everyone in both parties up to and including President Obama has agreed. But this controversy shines a light on a larger problem in the way our tax system interacts with our political system.
Obama says some IRS employees ‘failed,’ order accountability
A new GOP-controlled US Senate is going to beat Nevada's ass like a pinata on Cinco De Mayo in the middle of Dodger Stadium on 'Bat Day'. All I can do is lash myself to the mast and brace myself.
I sure hope that the GOP understands that the sleaze in Nevada is all in the South.
I guess writer Waldman musta liked his plan so he got to keep it (cackle).
Yes, from 2003 to 2007 but the republicans never had a super majority and the democrats blocked every move.
yes, that’s ok
Bwahhh! Lowering expectations already. The Washington Compost must be running scared.
“Thats why we need President Cruz.”
Amen, but would they defund the ACA in the meantime?
That’s the big question.
That monster needs to be killed asap.
My fear is that we will then hear something like, “Thats why we need President Cruz.” for two more years while the peasants get all stirred up by a big dicktator loving media.
The MSM will never, ever, turn on Obama.
Don’t worry too much.
There’s plenty of gravy to spread around.
At least until the whole country goes bk.
Maybe if Ted has a few more TEA party senators taking his back he can do a successful filibuster.
“Seems to me the Washington Compost is already putting out its post election spin.”
Yep, the WaPo is up to its usual Democrat tricks.
In the unlikely event the GOP did take over the Senate, it’d be unrealistic to expect much out of them, but the greatest victory of all would be Dingy Harry shunted off to the sidelines.
Liberals: whistling past the graveyard that is obamacare.
“Well, lets just do it anyway and find out”
No, but he can be impeached immediately afterward. As they say, it’d be a good star..
We had it all not that long ago, and nothing was done except to dismantle our liberties more slowly and subtly. We know who the obstructionists are.