McClatchy's saying Arlen Specter's switch to the Democratic Party "will likely rob Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of his strongest tool — the filibuster."
I wouldn't bet the farm on it.
Specter makes the Magic Filibuster-breaking Sixty only if:
- Minnesota's Al Franken is seated before the 2010 elections, which Specter's defection makes significantly less likely;
- Traitor Joe Lieberman fails to realize what a huge opportunity this is for him to peddle his ass back to the repugs, AND
- Specter actually votes with the Democratic caucus on closure votes, instead of trying to have it both ways by supporting repug filibusters.
A technical 60-vote Democratic caucus also assumes that Harry Reid can hold Evan Bayh's Cocksucking Caucus in line, a feat of which he has proven singularly incapable to date.
Specter's defection gives the Blue Dogs the balance of power in the Senate. That is extremely bad news for Democrats and President Obama.
Cross-posted at They Gave Us A Republic ....