Magazine November 3, 2008, Issue

Pushing 60

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Democrats could acquire a filibuster-proof majority

After the election of 2004, Republicans controlled 55 seats in the Senate. It is anyone’s guess whether after this election they will have even 41 seats — the minimum number to prevent cloture, which requires 60 votes. If they cannot filibuster, conservatives face a grim future. Come January, it could include a President Obama with no checks whatsoever on his ability to enact new legislation and tilt the Supreme Court significantly to the left. 

Potential losses abound for Senate Republicans this year, with even a single pickup unlikely. Early on, the GOP simply failed to mount a credible challenge to the ailing

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