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Progressive Power

I'm still a bit in shock that Democrats won both Georgia runoff senate elections last night. For a thought exercise, as we anxiously await Loeffler's plan to sidestep election results or invalidate her loss, let's do what we used to do after elections: assume the winners of the elections will actually take office.


Many seem to think there are fifty liberal senate votes in existence now. This is not the case. There are plenty of centrist senators with the (D) next to their name. I haven't seen this take anywhere yet, so I'd thought I'd try and unpack it a bit, but I'm a bit excited about the power progressive senators like Bernie Sanders and Sherrod Brown now hold. Most pointedly in the short term, there's no chance Neera Tanden should be confirmed to lead the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Her harmful, disrespectful, and constant need to punch left against progressives, particularly Bernie supporters, is now somewhat comical, considering her fate rests with progressive senators.


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