Democrats to Shift Tactics

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.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.