Here we go again:
Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) called on President-elect Obama Monday to raise the Small Business Administration to a cabinet-level position, as it was under the Clinton administration.
Snowe’s request raises an interesting scenario: If Obama raised the SBA and then named Snowe as the secretary, Maine Gov. John Baldacci — a Democrat — would be in position to appoint a Democrat to the Senate, giving the party at least 59 members. That’d leave them one short of a filibuster-proof majority. If Al Franken pulled out a victory in the Minnesota recount, Democrats would be at 60.
I can’t be the only one who thinks all this nonsense about 60 is just an excuse- “Oh noes, we wanted to do this, but we only had 58 Democrtaic votes!” With as many moderates and conservative Dems as there are out there, I am hard pressed to think of scenarios where they would be unable to peel off a Republican vote or two, and should they fail to do that, they will have probably already lost conservative Democrats. The simple fact that they are counting Lieberman as one of the solid 58 votes shows how fanciful this thinking is. This focus on 60 Democrats is silliness.
Speaking of fetishes- Bush’s EPA director can’t figure out the difference between science and God. I am sure this surprises no one.