So, my RS colleague and buddy Dan Spencer has written up something about the Gomez-Markey race for MA-SEN (short version: Ed Markey is not handling well the news that he’s not the overwhelming favorite shoo-in, right out of the gate), and I just want to note something here: yes, we need the seat.
This is tactical, folks. Right now we’re at 45-55 in the Senate. To get to 51 we either need to net six seats, or else net five seats and flip Angus King. This… could be done. There are paths to that. But if we win MA-SEN now then the Democrats have to fight on their own turf in MA in 2014. They’ll spend resources that they don’t want to spend to take it back, because if they don’t then we just need either five seats, or four-plus-King. Five seats are a hell of a lot easier to get than six.
As to why I want the Senate flipped… a flipped Senate means that legislation no longer lives or dies at the whim of Harry Reid, and that we can require all sorts of awkward votes for Democrats. Including, most importantly, a budget. The thought of Barack Obama signing a budget designed with malice aforethought to wreck progressive days fills me with an unholy glee…
PS: Also: How do you think certain Democratic Senators up for re-election in 2016 are going to enjoy votes on repealing the deeply unpopular Obamacare? Yeah, I figure that they’ll hate that, too.