Has I go to bed tonight it's after 5am Eastern Standard time. Yes we lost the election. Yes we will have Obama as our President for the next four years, but it looks as we still have one weapon left the filibuster. As of the time I've gone to bed the Dems have 56 seats with four still up for grabs according to CNN. Let's go through these. First there's Georgia, Saxby Chambliss leads 50 to 46 with 99% reporting. The only thing I can figure here is that you must need 50% to prevent a run-off otherwise this is just a mistake by CNN. Next there's Minnesota. Norm Coleman is leading Al Frankin by about 2,500 votes with 99% reporting. Coleman was up by around 500 votes a few minutes ago so it looks like we will hold this seat by the smallest of margains. In Alaska convicted Felon Ted Stevens leads by
3,600 votes with 96% reporting. If Ted can hold on he may not be able to serve, but Sarah Palin will be choosing his replacement. Finally in Oregon Gordon Smith leads by 5,309 votes with 72% reporting. If we could somehow win all four of these seats it would be huge. It would stop the Dems from being able to end a filibuster by prevent them from getting to sixty votes. I expect they might be able to get one or two republicans to vote with them to end a filibuster, but I don't think they can convince four. 2010 Conservatism strikes back.
1 week ago