With the various Continuity of Congress amendments floating around. They deal with the same subject - how to replace a member when their seat becomes vacant. One section could deal with individual vacancies, and another could deal with mass vacancies.
Are crying bitter, bitter tears now, knowing that they missed their best opportunity to use this against Obama? Probably a few Democrats, too.
I don't really care whether Obama opposes same-sex marriage because he believes it's morally wrong or because he believes it's politically unpopular - either way, he's wrong.
I suppose it does say something about Obama, although I don't know that it says anything about him that couldn't have been said before. It is shocking to see such a reversal. It's a "Mitt Romney" on the flip-flop scale.
Anything that the Democrats pass is a good reason not to pass a blank check - if they do, then the Republicans will pillory them both for the amount of money spent and the way it is spent.
If they require accountability from the Obama Administration, at least it will be more difficult for the Republicans to make the latter case.
Suppose the Obama Administration does misspend the money. It could happen: Geithner forgot to pay his Social Security and Medicare taxes, so he's hardly infallible. In 2010, does Congress want to tell the electorate, "I trusted Obama?" Or do they want to tell the electorate, "We held the Obama Administration accountable, while the Republican Party did nothing?"
Would become an issue as soon as Obama's victory once again left the Senate without a single black member and left the governor with the power to correct that problem - or not.
Had Reid thought ahead, he could have asked Minner, Ritter, or Paterson to appoint any one of the many qualified black officeholders in their states and deprived Blago of the sting of his charge. Instead, he either ignored the issue or foolishly left it to Blago to resolve. This is the result.
Four open Senate seats gave the Democrats the opportunity to increase - or at least maintain - the diversity of the Senate. Instead, it looks like we can expect a less diverse body, which will soon distinguish itself by refusing to seat a black member. It's a massive fuck up and I think Reid deserves much of the blame.