The Burden of Power
by Chris Bowers, Sat Aug 26, 2006 at 11:55:31 AM EDT
Even with all of that aside, more and more people are starting to forecast Democrats to take over at least one branch of Congress. Yesterday, Thomas Mann forecasted Democrats to win 25-35 seats in the House, and also gave Dems a 50% chance to take control of the Senate. Even Stuart Rothenberg now forecasts Dems to win the House, albeit narrowly. When my House forecast comes out on Monday, I will forecast Democrats to pick up 15-25 seats in the House, enough for a slim majority.
Even though I am probably tempting fate by asking this, with chances that Democrats will actually win control of at least one branch of congress now very real, what should we do once we are actually governing? This is something I have spent virtually no time thinking about, but it is at least worth considering. My first reaction would be to pass a series of bills that Bush could not possibly veto, such as a real minimum wage hike and earmark reform. Then, I think we should move into passing popular legislation that Bush will probably veto, such as rolling back the tax cuts on the wealthiest Americans, fixing the hideous Medicare bills, and global warming initiatives. From that point on, it is time to investigate, investigate, investigate, especially when it comes to all things Iraq. Don't impeach or censure right away, but keep saying that all options are on the table (thus drawing more attention to the investigations without it seeming like revenge for Clinton). Also, we need to make John McCain vote against a lot of things that are popular and progressive too.
Still, I think my governing outline is pretty thin. I know that MyDD is mainly a "hack" site for those interested in building improved progressive political infrastructure and campaigns, but in this post I am calling for the wonks to comment as well. If Democrats do take control of one or more branches of Congress, what should be our legislative plan for 2007? It may seem like we are tempting fate when we are asking this question, but if we in the netroots don't have a plan in the can before the elections even occur, we will have a difficult time agitating our newly powerful caucus into appropriate action.
So, let 'er rip. What should Democrats do if we take control of one or more branches of Congress this year?