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What happens now?

Posted by Admin Posted on Nov 09 2010

The election is over.  Republicans now have a majority in the House of Representatives, and the Democrats have less of a majority in the Senate. This seems like a good time to start blogging.

But both sides seem to be in disarray   Democrats are stunned by the level of loss. After spending the last two years talking about the civil war in the Republican Party, house Democrats now face a real possibility of a civil war of their own.

In the House, Nancy Pelosi has announced she is running for minority leader.  At least one conservative Democrat has announced he will run against her.  With Pelosi running for Minority Leader, Steny Hoyer and Jim Clyburn are fighting for Minority Whip, the only remaining leadership post.

Although the Democrats still control the Senate, the mid-term losses mean that more of them are Democratic Senators from Conservative states.  Two members of the Democratic majority are not even Democrats --Lieberman is an independent and Sanders is a Socialist.

And it remains to be seen how the 21 Democrats facing voters in 2012 will position themselves for the election.

In the Republican caucuses, the membership is now far more conservative.  But with only the House of Representatives in their hands, it will be very difficult for them to deliver on their campaign promises.  At the same time, it is not clear how the Tea Party wing of the Replican party will react if the Republicans try to work with the Democratic majority in the Senate.

It should be an interesting two years.