Talking Points Memo has what it is calling a leaked,well, talking points memo circulated to Senate Dems.
There is an unusual whiff here that the loss of the 60th vote is actually something of a relief — in that if Democrats fail to get any bipartisan support for their 2010 legislative agenda it enables them to cast the GOP not just as minority obstructionists, but as abdicants of their shared responsibility to govern.
MASSACHUSETTS ELECTION MEANS THAT SENATE REPUBLICANS HAVE MORE RESPONSIBILITY TO GOVERN, NOT OBSTRUCT
· We welcome Scott Brown to the Senate.
· While Senator-elect Brown’s victory changes the political math in the Senate, it does not change the challenges are country faces or the need to address them.
· We remain committed to strengthening our economy, creating good paying jobs and ensuring all Americans can access affordable health care.
· Senate Republicans have an obligation to the American people to join us in governing our nation through these difficult times and to help clean up the mess they left behind.
· It is mathematically impossible for Democrats to pass legislation on our own. Senate Republicans to come to the table with ideas for improving our nation and not obstructionist tactics.
· Saying “no” might be a good political strategy but it does nothing to create jobs or help improve the lives of struggling Americans.