Glenn Beck made a good point on last night’s show about the state of Obama’s majority in Congress, how the Dem supermajority (also known as the Republicans “under my Grandma’s sink”) has been useless thus far, and the tyranny of the filibuster, and he did it with magnets. A little bit like Schoolhouse Rock (Glennhouse Rock?) but without the catchy tune. The point in short (and Beck is not the first to make this) is that the Dems currently have a majority in both the House and the Senate — what they lost with the Scott Brown election last week was a supermajority, which in a perfect world would have enabled them to not only beat a filibuster, but pass anything they wanted. Something which obviously did not happen. You may recall this from Obama’s State of the Union the other night:
And if the Republican leadership is going to insist that 60 votes in the Senate are required to do any business at all in this town — a supermajority — then the responsibility to govern is now yours as well.
Says Beck: “Let me bring a little something into the conversation I like to call logic and math.” Using blue and red magnets Beck illustrates that newcomer Scott Brown may have reduced the Dem Senate majority to 59 but he is still a lonely red dot in a sea of blue (of course, now any member of the GOP can theoretically filibuster thanks to Brown). The real point is, that up until now, the Dems have had that super majority and yet nothing has been passed. Says Beck: “How have the Republicans held the President’s agenda up when they’re under my Grandma’s sink?” They didn’t, the real fight was inside the Democratic party. Video, complete with colored magnets below.
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