The Wall Street Journal’s lead editorial today, “A Liberal Supermajority,” is receiving an unusual amount of attention today, even by WSJ standards. The editorial reviews the legislation likely to pass with a President Obama and a liberal supermajority in the House and Senate, the key threshold being 60 Senate votes needed to break a filibuster.
If something can be both a worst-case scenario and a realistic political appraisal, it’s this. Excerpt:
If the current polls hold, Barack Obama will win the White House on November 4 and Democrats will consolidate their Congressional majorities, probably with a filibuster-proof Senate or very close to it. Without the ability to filibuster, the Senate would become like the House, able to pass whatever the majority wants.
Though we doubt most Americans realize it, this would be one of the most profound political and ideological shifts in U.S. history. Liberals would dominate the entire government in a way they haven’t since 1965, or 1933. In other words, the election would mark the restoration of the activist government that fell out of public favor in the 1970s. If the U.S. really is entering a period of unchecked left-wing ascendancy, Americans at least ought to understand what they will be getting, especially with the media cheering it all on.
The Journal provides a list of House legislation blocked this session in the Senate.
The editorial is worth reading in its entirety.
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