Democrats to Shift Tactics

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After a series of blows, the Democrats look like they are finally about to get their act together on a number of issues. Obama looks serious about hammering the banks, and maybe even more importantly, the Democratic Caucus is looking at ways of getting around the 60 votes requirement to overcome a filibuster.

Mike Stark reports the following:

I spoke with Senator Bob Casey (D, PA) earlier today. He told me
that the Democratic caucus was “working through” how to get around the
60-vote threshold for moving legislation. He said that it was the
“subject of a lot of discussion at the end of the year” and “will be in
the future”. He went on to say that there may be alternatives to rounding up the
required 67 votes to change the rules and the caucus is exploring that.
One possible justification for getting creative? According to the
Senator, “Sometimes the other party approaches it a different way.”

This is enormously positive news, and could be a sign of things to come if the Democrats are serious about the 2010 elections. As Stark writes:

Finding a means to circumvent the 60-vote requirement may be the sword
that cuts the Gordian Knot. Democratic Senators from conservative
states could still vote their constituency’s values, without
frustrating the will of the entire caucus. Solving this problem is
especially important for the more ideologically diverse Democratic
caucus that amassed huge electoral gains in the nationalized 2006 and
2008 electoral cycles.