More free advice for the Obama camp…
With Democrats currently sitting at 58 Senators in the Senate, with two seats undecided, there’s still a good chance they could reach 60 seats.
But after survey the lay of the land, I think its highly likely Democrats WILL in fact reach 60 seats, minus a political blunder.
There’s a good chance both Al Franken and Jim Martin could win their respective recount in Minnesota and the runoff in Georgia.
Only 200 or so votes seperate Franken from incumbent Norm Coleman. One school of thought argues that recounts generaly help Democrats because areas which ballots are typical discounted tend to come from poorer inner city and minority areas, traditionally a democratic strong hold.
In Georgia, one would think that with the full Democratic apparatus and Obama’s coattails behind him, Jim Martin would be able to overcome incumbent Senator Chambliss.
Out of those two seats, I have to believe that Democrats will pick up at least one. (I lean toward Georgia.) This would leave Senate Democrats at 59.
Game over? Not quite. While Obama has done a great job reasserting the Clinton power structure in Washington, there’s been one area he’s been lacking in. Appointing standing Republican office holders to adminstration positions.
All it would take is one Republican Senator from a state with a Democratic Govenor, to tilt the scale to a 60 seat, Democratic majority. This would also fufill Obama’s promise to appoint a Republican to his adminstration.
Here’s a list of possible picks:
George Voinovich- OH
Jim Bunning – KY
Mike Enzi- WY
Olympia Snowe- ME
Jon Kyl- AZ
John McCain – AZ
Judd Gregg – NH
Kit Bond – M.O.
Arlen Specter- PA
Sam Brownback- KS
Pat Roberts- KS
I tried to omit Senators who were up for re-election in 2008. Now obviously some of those picks have no chance in hell, Sam Brownback, but there are some good possibilities.
I’d think that the top of the list would look something like Snowe, Gregg, Voinovich. All three have spent a good amount of time in the Senate, but are never going to take significant leadership positions in the Republican party, IE they’re not far right enough. But even more important, all three stand a good chance of losing in their next election due to the demographics of their state. I especially like the idea of Olympia Snowe in an Obama adminstration. She’s a well respected moderate, who is hardly a partisian. Even better, she comes from a state where Democrats would have a good chance to keep the seat blue for a very long time.
Snowe would also appease women groups who are going to start complaining pretty loudly if Obama doesn’t start appointing more women to his adminstration, with or without Clinton as SoS.