Let’s Push for 60 Democratic Senators!

Harry Reid is in the catbird seat. Alaska has fallen, the push for Minnesota gathers steam, and Democrats should make an all-out effort for Georgia.

The Democrats already have the 60 votes to prevent filibusters in the next Congress, in practice, but let’s go for the gold. Applause to Al Franken for coming to Washington to work the system and keep the pressure on. Let’s go for 60 Democratic senators now and 64 in 2010.

Make no mistake, in governing I support the most bipartisanship, but in electing senators it’s time to push hard, keep the pressure on, move aggressively and go for the whole thing. These filibusters have done great damage to America and our economy and destroyed the capacity of the Senate to act. It is time to destroy the filibuster tactic by electing every Democrat. Bipartisanship should be pursued from maximum strength.

Minnesota is 50-50. Historically, recounts in Minnesota change from 1,000 to 4,000 votes. So Franken is even money. In Georgia, Chambliss is a significant favorite, but the question is who turns out in the runoff and who does not. Martin has a shot if the Obama voters come out and enough Republicans are so depressed they stay home.

Most people don’t realize that in 2010, more Republicans are up, again. Democrats will probably pick up more Senate seats in 2010 and the push should begin right now. Let’s give the Republicans running in 2010 a chance to show their bipartisanship starting in January. If they do, more will be reelected. For those who don’t, remember 2006 and 2008. The freight train is coming again.

Big issues are at stake. Harry Reid is now in the catbird seat and getting stronger every day. Barack Obama needs every vote he can get in the Senate for the economy, global warming, foreign policy, judicial nominations and a range of issues.

For Democrats, things are coming up roses all around.