It only took 239 days, but Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenOvernight Tech: Senate panel subpoenaed ex-Yahoo chief | Twitter gives all users 280 characters | FBI can't access Texas shooter's phone | EU wants tax answers from Apple Week ahead: DHS nominee heads before Senate | Ex-Yahoo chief to testify on hack | Senators dig into election security Feinstein: Sessions should re-testify on Russia meetings 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 GrassleySenators push mandatory sexual harassment training for members, staff Senate panel to hold hearing on bump stocks, background checks Senate panel to hold hearing on bump stocks MORE? Who needs Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell expects Paul to return to Senate next week Former Hill staff calls for mandatory harassment training Gaming the odds of any GOP tax bill getting signed into law MORE? Who needs John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP rushes to cut ties to Moore GOP strategist: 'There needs to be a repudiation' of Roy Moore by Republicans World leaders reach agreement on trade deal without United States: report MORE, Jon Kyl, John CornynJohn CornynAfter Texas shooting, lawmakers question whether military has systemic reporting problem Overnight Defense: Lawmakers question military's lapse after Texas shooting | Trump asks North Korea to 'make a deal' | Senate panel approves Army pick Overnight Regulation: House passes bill to overturn joint-employer rule | Trump officials to allow work requirements for Medicaid | Lawmakers 'alarmed' by EPA's science board changes MORE or Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamCNN to air sexual harassment Town Hall featuring Gretchen Carlson, Anita Hill Trump wrestles with handling American enemy combatants Flake: Trump's call for DOJ to probe Democrats 'not normal' 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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