Sunday, November 7, 2010

Consequences Of The Senate Calendar

Assuming that Barack Obama wins a second term, he's still unlikely to ever have a Senate majority like he did for the last two years. 2006 and 2008 were good Democratic years in the Senate, and as a result we're mostly playing defense in 2012 and 2014.

Take-home message 1 (and the message of the linked post): Obama's ability to pass major legislation depends on filibuster reform.

Take-home message 2: 2016 is the new 2008.

1 comment:

Phil Perspective said...

Don't forget one other thing. Who ever leads the Democrats in 2020 has to stress turn out. We see what happened in Ohio and Wisconsin(killing rail projects and jobs with it). And also redistricting. I thought Obama(and his crew) was some kind of 11D chess political genius. It turns out not so much.