Democrats have already begun planning what they are going to do with their new toy, the Virtual Majority, which was so generously provided by the Gang of Seven Republicans.
Senate Democrats plan to emulate the strategy they used to block Republicans from employing the so-called “nuclear option” on judicial nominations in an effort to enact their own domestic agenda in the coming weeks, a key Democratic senator said yesterday.
Charles Schumer is very up front about it--and why shouldn't he be? Who's going to have the guts to do anything about it?
“We’re going to try to set some of the agenda by using the rules,” Schumer (N.Y.) told reporters at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor. “We feel this majority is not doing what the people care about.”
Schumer cited private polls that he said show that the favorable ratings of incumbent Republican senators have dropped sharply around the country since January as “people begin to sense that there is a need for some balance in government.”
What Schumer neglects to take into account is that the drop in the polls is due to Republicans who are angry at wimpy senators who are not doing enough to stop the outrageous behavior of Democrats--Republicans have not had a sudden change of heart and decided that, lo and behold, Democrats have been right all along. Republican dissatisfaction with Republican senators does not equal a sudden ground-swell of Republican support of Democrat policies and tactics.
Quite the contrary.
Update: First on the list for the Virtual Majority: Social Security.