Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Obama Stymied.

Twelve months more or less to the day that Obama was elected President things have seriously turned pear shaped for the Democrats. Last year they won the Presidency, the Senate and the House of Representatives which made it easier (on paper) at least to pass difficult and controversial health care reform; the Democrats have been trying to introduce some form of universal healthcare since 1948!

Even with control over the three branches of Government the Democrats have not found it easy to reform healthcare a situation which has made more difficult with the Republicans winning the Massachusets Senate seat vacated following the death of Senator Edward Kennedy. This reduces the number of Democratic Senators to 59, one less than is required to break a filibuster.

This will now require a major policy rethink by the Obama administration to prevent the Republicans blocking legislation in the Senate. Bill Clinton found himself in a similar situation following the 1994 mid term elections when Republicans regained control of the House of Representatives for the first time since Eisenhower's Presidency in the 1950's. As a matter of interest the Democrats had held the Massachusets Senate Seat since 1953!

Looks like the Democrats are heading for defeat in the November 2010 mid term elections.


Anonymous said...

Apparently Democrats outnumber Republicans by 2 to 1 in numbers of registered voter in Massachusetts. It was one of their safest seats. Coincidently like you the democratic candidate spelled Massachusetts wrong on a leaflet.

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

Sorry, always get Massachusets and Mississippi mixed up!!