The lame-duck congressional session proved anything but lame.
When it finally came to a vote, the supposedly controversial New START arms treaty with Russia drew 71 supporters in the Senate, including Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia. The repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” drew 65 Senate votes, with only 31 opposed, a margin of better than two to one that left John McCain, the Angry Old Man of the Senate, stewing in his own resentment.
Liberals who condemned President Obama for his tax-cut negotiations with Republicans should acknowledge that the deal swung the door open to other important accomplishments. Until that issue was taken off the table, nothing else was going to pass.
Ron Brownstein, writing in National Journal, concludes that the list of Democratic accomplishments in this two-year session of Congress is longer than that of any party since the days of LBJ.
“Health care and financial-services reform top that list. The 2009 economic-stimulus package contained, by some