80 Votes

Everyone is talking about how the Obama administration (maybe) wants to get 80 Senate votes in support of its stimulus plan. Here‘s the language used by the Post:

The Obama team’s goal, according to congressional advisers in both parties, is consensus legislation that could win as many as 80 votes in the Senate, 20 votes more than the number needed to break a filibuster. Democrats will have at least 57 members in their caucus next month, as a recount continues in the hotly contested U.S. Senate race in Minnesota and a scandal involving the Illinois governor delays the appointment to fill Obama’s vacant Senate seat.

Now, the guy arguing that this can’t be true because the Obama administration would never push for something so completely stupid and senseless on a matter so important will ultimately wind up with egg on his face. But this can’t be true because the Obama administration would never push for something so completely stupid and senseless on a matter so important. I mean, even if you could get the last ten Senators by trimming $100 billion from the plan, what would be the point? It’s all just absurdly arbitrary and self-defeating.

Comments

  1. Doug says:

    I’m not sure, Ryan. If the fundamental purchase is of confidence, it might be worth some trimming and compromise to get a post-partisan result. $700B worth of The Democrats are big government activists might be a smaller stimulus than $600B worth of the U.S. government is committed to a healthy economy more than ideology.

  2. ryan says:

    But the Democrats just won a huge electoral victory! Two-thirds of Americans are now represented by Democratic Senators. Eighty Senators is an unreasonable level of consensus by any standards, in any system of government. That’s something like 90% of the people — 90% of Americans can’t agree on whether the sun came up this morning.

  3. Doug says:

    That warn’t no sun!

    I guess I would say that if they get to 75 and keep making big concessions to hit 80, that would be stupid. But shooting for 80 as a general idea that a supermajority is important still seems worth some bending.