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Farewell, Filibusters

On Election Day, the Democrats failed to achieve a literal filibuster-proof majority of 60 seats. Of course, a 57 to 43 Democratic Senate still makes filibusters extremely difficult and any gains from there only make it more so. Since then, Norm Coleman has seen his lead shrink — however questionably — in Minnesota and Ted Stevens has seen his vanish in Alaska. It will be very difficult to mount filibusters if the Democrats control 58 to 59 seats. Unless the Democrats take away Joe Lieberman’s committee chairmanship and prompt him to caucus with Republicans (not a done deal now that Chris Dodd and several moderates are coming to Lieberman’s defense), Saxby Chambliss is the only man in the way of the Democrats actually getting to 60.

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