60 Democrats sitting on a wall…

60 Democrats sitting on a wall, 60 Democrats on a wall, 2 fell down, spin abounds, 58 Democrats sitting on a wall [sang to the tune of 99 bottles of beer on a wall]

Humor can’t be avoided when looking at how quickly some of the older (in tenure) Democrats are foregoing even a modest try at re-election bids. Just 6 days into the election year and already 2 Senators have given up – Senator Chris Dodd (D – CT) and Sen. Byron Dorgan (D – ND). But it’s no coincidence that those same Senators were in grave trouble with constituents.

The big name of the pair is Senator Chris Dodd. The combined failures of his Presidential campaign, his sweet (but Congress determined not sweetheart) mortgages, his fiasco of an agreement with AIG executives over pay, and of course the Health Care Reform Bill (opposed by a majority of the nation for more than 6 months) nearly guaranteed that keeping his well-worn seat was not going to happen.

But those are the popular items that the media is willing to discuss. Just as important with many voters was his involvement – some might say neglect – with the mortgage crisis. There is no question that the failure of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac happened on his watch as Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. That failure, and the collapse of Bear Sterns and Lehman Brothers, shocked worldwide markets and sent the nation into a tailspin of fear and recession.

Add to this the fact that Senate seats in Illinios and Delaware will be up for grabs due to the appointments of Roland Burris and Ted Kaufman to replace President Obama and Vice President Biden.

The real question that the remaining Democrats up for re-election must be considering right now is what was the key to the departure of Dodd. Was it the numerous public failures, the failed policies (specifically the Obama Stimulus) of the Obama Administration, or the push by Democrats alone to pass the Health Care Reform? The answer to that question may foretell the fates of the super-majority in Congress and the future aspriations of the Obama Administration.

A loss of even one Senate seat will mean that Democrats will no longer hold dominance over Congress. Thus the likely quick passage of the Health Care Reform Bill, Cap & Trade, and potentially Universal Voter Registration seem likely. The upcoming Jobs For Main Street Act (roughly $175 billion, but not to be called Obama Stimulus 2) is yet another pressure as voters are becoming more vocal in opposition to the massive spending since the Obama Administration took office amid a growing vortex of unemployment and mortgage foreclosures.

There is no simple answer so far. Public opinion polls show that the Health Care Reform Bill is despised by all but the most ardent Liberal supporters. The President has gone from hugely favorable to record low approval (with regard for his time in office). Congress, never well liked by the public, is moving ever closer to the record lows set by the Pelosi-Reid leadership. One might say that if the election of President Obama was the perfect storm for Democrats, the coming mid-term elections might be its tsumani cousin.

About the Author

Michael Vass
Born in 1968, a political commentator for over a decade. Has traveled the U.S. and lived in Moscow and Tsblisi, A former stockbroker and 2014 Congressional candidate. Passionate about politics with emphasis on 1st and 2nd Amendments.

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