"Now that the Minnesota Supreme Court has ended the long count on the 2008 Senate race by awarding the seat to Al Franken, Democrats -- at least on paper -- have the power to pass whatever bills they want, without a single Republican vote.
Nothing would be a bigger mistake."
Oh no, nothing. Because it's an act of colossal stupidity for Democrats to enact the legislation that voters sent them to Washington to pass. Who pays your salary, David, the Washington Post or Mitch McConnell?
"Franken, the loud-mouthed former comedian, will be the 60th member of the Senate Democratic caucus-- just enough for them to cut off any filibuster threat if they can muster all their members."
Listen you dick, that's Senator Franken the loud-mouth. Deal with it. When did you ever call James Inhofe or Michelle Bachmann loud mouthed comedians? No, those two malignant liars are just fine with you- because they're Republicans.
"Yet that would not only contradict President Obama's promise to change the partisan climate in Washington but would also entail unnecessary risks to Obama's ambitious policy goals."
First of all, Obama never made any such promise. You and your friends in the press invented that to try to tie a stone around his neck that is so heavy that he sinks, and your Republican friends get back into power as soon as possible. Where was all your concern for bipartisanship when the Republicans weren't even letting Democrats into conference committees?
"When no Republican votes are in play, the price individual Democratic legislators can extract from the White House goes up."
Yeah, but when Republican votes are in play, the price individual Republicans can extract goes up. Which do you think is worse, having to negotiate with Mary Landrieau or McConnell and Boehner? I suppose you never thought of that, huh?
"Scholars will also make the point that when such complex legislation is being shaped, the substance is likely to be improved when both sides of the aisle contribute ideas."
Scholars? Name a few. The usual unnamed sources, huh? Now listen. Could even the most ignorant and stupid observer of Congress really think that health care legislation or environmental legislation is going to be improved by caving in to Republican demands? The answer to that question is, no they couldn't. So, you must be lying. As usual.
It's time for the Democrats to do what they were elected to do- what the American people saw fit to give them a filibuster proof majority to do. And, it's time for the Republicans to get out of the way. You too, you disingenuous twit, it's time for you to get out of the way too.