Lost in the chatter about Specter’s party-switching is the
elephant in the bathtub, which is they way his move is being sold
in many outlets. For example, the first I saw said “Specter
switch gives Democrats 60-seat filibuster-proof majority”.
No, it doesn’t. His move didn’t change any of his votes, past,
present or future. His move was because of the way he
votes. The Dems may now have the numbers but, on many
things, be it the filibuster-bust in the Senate or in the House
on key issues (like their cap-and-trade rationing/tax scheme),
they still don’t have the votes to simply work Pres.
The ladies from Maine could follow, and it still wouldn’t change
the lack of a 60-vote filibuster-proof majority on those issues
where none exists. One is not the same as the other.
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