The Corner

60 Doesn’t Matter

I keep hearing folks–on Fox, at least, which is what I’m watching–talk about whether the Democrats will get to 60 in the Senate. They make it sound as though the Senate changes more when it goes from 59 to 60 Democrats than when it goes from 58 to 59. It doesn’t. When there are 59 Democrats it will be a bit harder to mount a successful filibuster than when there are 58, and when there are 60 it will be a bit harder still. But it’s not as though McConnell will be able to hold all of his Republicans all of the time.

Ramesh Ponnuru — Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg View, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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