Franken Wins

It only took 239 days, but Al Franken 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 Grassley? Who needs Mitch McConnell? Who needs John McCain, Jon Kyl, John Cornyn or Lindsey Graham?

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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