Saturday, October 28, 2006

The Moment We've All Been Waiting For

Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) emails on behalf of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC).
... I can say without a doubt ... that on November 7th, we're going to win.

With that out of the way, what's next?

In Democrats Snatching Defeat from Victory's Jaws, Tom Engelhardt presents the post-1986 errors of a Democratic Congress as seen by Greg Grandin, "author of the other book endorsed by Hugo Chavez on his recent New York visit."
Rather than attacking Reagan's restoration of anticommunism as the guiding principle of U.S. policy, they focused on procedure -- such as the White House's failure to oversee the National Security Council -- or on proving that top officials had prior knowledge of the crimes.

(via Common Dreams)

What Grandlin says was the Democrats' mistake is just what Paul Krugman advocates in One-letter politics.

Even if the Democrats take both houses, they won't be able to accomplish much in the way of new legislation. They won't have the votes to stop Republican filibusters in the Senate, let alone to override presidential vetoes.

But while the Democrats won't gain the ability to pass laws, if they win they will gain the ability to carry out investigations and the legal right to compel testimony.

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