Obama must know he needs a 60 Dem Senate

More and more I'm realizing the "Change" Obama espouses is also a change in congress. By target new battle ground states like the Alaska post mentions today, he is completely helping his democratic brothers and sisters.

What I was worried about most concerning his presidential bid, was that he was not calculating enough, but I think he knows he can and will affect change with a Blue Senate.

Think of what could be accomplished if this happened. What would we want them to tackle in the first 2 years before the 2010 vote? I think Energy and Iraq (kind of hand in hand in my opinion) should be first. What do you all want to get done? Aren't you excited by all our great candidates! Who do you think Obama will help most?

Tags: issues, obama, Senate (all tags)



I don't think we'll hit 60...

...but we'll sure give 'em a run for their money.

Right now I think Obama will help Franken in Minnesota the most, because Obama's numbers are nearly the same as Coleman's... which means there are people voting for Coleman who are also currently pro-Obama.  This should not be taking place: Coleman has been a Bush-loyal toadie trying to run for the center now that his boss is out of favor.

Obama can help counter the smear campaign against Franken and hopefully provide a coattails effect.

Obama is no fool; he's been in the Senate for a few years now, and he realizes that, even more important than getting 60 votes, having the personal loyalty of members of Congress will make it harder for Republicans to exploit the weaknesses of the Democratic caucus and push nasty surprises (something we're all too familiar with this week).

by Dracomicron 2008-06-27 08:08AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama must know he needs a 60 Dem Senate

You are exactly right, he needs the congress filled with his coat tails to get work done.

I think Colorado or North Carolina will be affected by him as well, maybe more so because they are new swing states and the democratic base is really riled up to have a candidate that might win their state in the general.

by brooklynboi 2008-06-27 08:13AM | 0 recs
We pick senators to represent us

whereas we elect presidents to lead us.  This can be both mutually exculsive and independant.  Obama knows this.  A state may select Obama for president but vote to keep their GOP senator -- the question isnt one of coat-tails, its one of dissatification with one particular person.

Obama won't waste his time.

by dcrolg 2008-06-27 08:53AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama must know he needs a 60 Dem Senate

While true, I think he knows things will be easier in the white house. Maybe when he looks at the swing states he might work on one harder because of the Senatorial rate. Alaska is a great example, why would he spend the flight time if not to win both the electoral points AND a loyal Senator.

by brooklynboi 2008-06-27 10:23AM | 0 recs


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