It only took 239 days, but Al FrankenAl FrankenOPINION | Democrats: Time to wish Hillary Clinton good luck and goodbye Franken: ‘Constitutional crisis’ if Trump uses recess appointment to replace Sessions with someone who’ll fire Mueller AT&T discussing merger conditions with DOJ: report MORE is finally and officially the new Democratic senator from Minnesota.

And now comes the moment of truth for Senate Democrats: Are they willing and able to lead?

For too long, Democrats have been hiding behind the lame excuse that they needed 60 votes to get anything done in the Senate.

Of course, that was not true. But that flimsy excuse no longer exists. Now, in fact, there are no more excuses. With Al Franken, Democrats have 60 votes. They’ve got the power. And they’ve got the support of the American people.

So Democrats need to seize the power and run with it. Forget about bipartisanship. Who needs Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyGOP senator warns Trump: Panel won't take up attorney general nominee this year Overnight Regulation: Federal prisons want to increase use of restraints | EPA moves ahead on water rule repeal Lawmakers push to toughen foreign lobbying rules MORE? Who needs Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellDems don’t want to help GOP improve repeal bill Bipartisan group of governors call on GOP to reject skinny repeal Dems get CBO scores on what they think skinny bill will look like MORE? Who needs John McCainJohn McCainCanada responds to transgender ban: All are welcome to join Canadian forces Dems don’t want to help GOP improve repeal bill GOP senator: Trump transgender ban ‘deserves more than a Twitter conversation’ MORE, Jon Kyl, John CornynJohn CornynGOP senator warns Trump: Panel won't take up attorney general nominee this year Bare bones repeal plan gains steam in Senate Overnight Healthcare: Senate rejects repeal-only ObamaCare plan | Ads target Heller, Capito over vote | Dem says ObamaCare repeal effort moving US 'toward single-payer' MORE or Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamBare bones repeal plan gains steam in Senate Live coverage: Senate debates repealing ObamaCare Graham: Trump 'absolutely' showing weakness on Sessions MORE?

Senate Democrats should forget those Republicans even exist — and get on with the program: Pass the energy bill. Pass the Employee Free Choice Act. Repeal “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” Repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. Enact comprehensive immigration reform. And, most importantly of all, deliver universal healthcare complete with a public plan option and with no tax on healthcare benefits.

That’s the agenda. Democrats need not even ONE Republican vote to pass that agenda. All they need is backbone. Or, as Madeleine Albright might say, all they need is a good set of cojones.

There’s no excuse for not acting now. Democrats have the power. They will use it — or they will lose it!


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