Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Independent Senators

I must have been asleep that day in Civics 101, because I don't know how to reconcile this.

The GOP has (Currently, with VA still out) 49 Senators.
The Dems have (See above) 48 Senators.
There are TWO other winners in their senatorial races who are NEITHER Republican OR Democrat. Joe Lieberman in CT and Bernie Sanders in VT. Ok, sure, they will likely be voting more with the Dems, but why do the Dems get to count them as part of 'their' majority?

Can some one explain that to me please?



At November 09, 2006 1:35 PM, Anonymous The Monster said...

Lieberman said that if he were elected as an independent, he would 'caucus' with the Dems, just as Socialist Sanders has done in the House. The Democrat Caucus will therefore have 51 members, and have the votes to elect a Majority Leader and choose the committee chairs.

Those Dems who said that Lieberman should be stripped of his seniority have to STFD and STFU now, because it's a reasonable assumption that the Republican Caucus would offer to let him keep that seniority if he'd join them and let Cheney break the tie to choose the chairs.

At November 09, 2006 1:44 PM, Blogger Kyrie said...

Ah, so it's not so much about the actual seats won as to who you can get to be part of your caucus. Ok, that makes sense.



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