Wednesday, November 12, 2008

GO BEGICH!!!!

In the Alaska Senate contest, Begich has pulled slightly ahead of Stevens!

According to CNN, it is only a bare THREE VOTES.

He has come from behind being thousands of votes down. Everyone, keep fingers and toes crossed that the numbers keep going Mark Begich's way!

We're at 57 - Begich, Franken and Martin for 60! It can be done!

Anglachel

Update 11/14 - Begich's lead has opened up to over 800 votes now. If Stevens can be removed from the Senate, that would be so sweet.

5 comments:

sister of ye said...

60 can be done? So what.

Sorry, Dem leaders already made it clear that a filibuster-proof Dem Congress won't do anything to benefit people at my level. Different names, same game - dispensing benefits to their cronies, and the best we common folk can hope is that they prove a bit less greedy than the Republicans.

For me and others like me it'll be duck our heads and try to survive another 4-8 years, because the elected officials who are supposed to be responsive to us aren't listening and don't give a sh*t.

Glad the idea makes someone happy, though.

katiebird said...

While I suspect that Sister of Ye might be right, I'm still rooting for our filibuster-proof Democratic Senate.

Because my greatest dream is that we get Universal Health Care. And we might get something resembling it if we get that Super-dooper-majority this year.

And if that Fantastic-Majority DOESN'T give us UHC -- then I can walk away from the whole bunch of them once and for all.

My expectations are pretty low though. Hillary was/is the only Senator I know of who wants to put a cap on the percentage of income UHC should cost a family.

I'm also having amusing visions of the entire Democratic Caucus hiding behind one lone Republican.... "We could do so much if only we had more than 59 Senators" -- It sounds so silly.

bluelyon said...

I'm with both of you. Looking at the news this morning...the bailout news keeps getting worse. Unemployment claims are the same as 2001 and I see no end in sight. Companies, when not slashing payrolls, are slashing benefits. Violence appears on the rise in the Middle East and Afghanistan, and all I see on the news are minute by minute updates on Where Barack Is Now.

So, I share sister of ye's despair and I share katiebird's low expectations and second her worry that the Dems will continue to tell us Why Things Can't Be Done, instead of actually, you know, moving forward on a progressive agenda and pulling a few moderate Rs along with them.

Falstaff said...

Things aren't as promising as they might have been -- but they're better than they were. Sixty might not be enough to deliver nirvana (or single-payer), but it would still be better than 59, and 59 would be better than 58, and so on -- on any number of fronts. The simple ouster of Saxby Chambliss and Ted Stevens would cause me to smile.

res said...

I no longer believe 60 is enough. I think we need publicly-funded campaigns before we'll ever get genuine UHC. Look how Medicare Part D turned out -- and I don't see anyone in Congress in a hurry to fix the problems with it.