It only took 239 days, but Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenGOP eying 'blue slip' break to help Trump fill the courts Overnight Regulation: FTC launches probe into Equifax | Dems propose tougher data security rules | NYC aims to slash greenhouse gas emissions | EPA to reconsider Obama coal ash rule Overnight Cybersecurity: Kaspersky to testify before House | US sanctions Iranians over cyberattacks | Equifax reveals flaw that led to hack 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 GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGrassley: 'Good chance' Senate panel will consider bills to protect Mueller Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea GOP state lawmakers meet to plan possible constitutional convention MORE? Who needs Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Health Care: New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE? Who needs John McCainJohn Sidney McCainSenate's defense authorization would set cyber doctrine Senate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions MORE, Jon Kyl, John CornynJohn CornynNew GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Week ahead: Senators near deal to stabilize ObamaCare markets GOP eying 'blue slip' break to help Trump fill the courts MORE or Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTop Louisiana health official rips Cassidy over ObamaCare repeal bill Senate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions 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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