Following up on ED’s earlier post, here’s a smart observation from Derek Thompson at The Atlantic on the consequences of (an increasingly likely) Scott Brown victory in the Massachusetts special senatorial election (hint: the filibuster is back in play):
Brown’s victory would give Republicans 41 seats in the Senate, enough to break the Democrats’ filibuster-proof margin by a single vote. In other words, Tuesday’s impact would extend beyond health care. It would hurt the Democrats chances to pass a jobs bill, which is already suffering in the Senate; a financial regulation bill which already receive zero Republican support; a cap and trade with dwindling prospects even though there are some Republicans like Lindsay Graham who have expressed interest in working with Democrats on climate change legislation; and immigration reform. Republicans have demonstrated remarkable party discipline (or shameful partisan cynicism) in opposing every step of Obama’s legislation. A 41-seat minority puts a guillotine over the head of Obama’s 2010 agenda.