Feeds

Democrats win majority in US Senate

A clean sweep

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Analysis It was only by a whisker, but Democrats managed to pull off a clean sweep of Congress in the midterm election. Two exceptionally tight Senate races, in Montana and in Virginia, ended yesterday with the Republican candidates conceding.

Democrats now enjoy a razor-thin majority in the Senate, and a substantial one in the House. From a legislative perspective, the Senate victory is the less significant one: some Democrats vote with Republicans, and vice versa, all the time. With a margin of one, the Senate's legislative output will be unlikely to change dramatically.

However, with a solid Democratic majority in the House, the Senate's slight legislative shift will be much amplified in the products of Conference Committees. In other words, the House will ultimately have its way, or near it.

But we mustn't forget that there is still a Republican in the White House, and a very stubborn one at that. Bush will be using his veto and his famous "signing statements" with great eagerness; and because the numbers in both chambers don't look good for veto overrides, we can expect either gridlock, or considerable compromise and backroom horse trading.

More important - even from a legislative perspective - is the coming change of Senate Committee chairs. Democrats will now be setting the agenda for committee hearings and investigations in both chambers, and there is much dirt associated with the Iraq war, so-called "security" initiatives, intelligence blunders, warrantless wiretaps, prisoners held in foreign rat holes, and the like, that the Bush administration will wish desperately to keep from public view.

So, the President will have his veto threat, and the Democrats will have their committee hearing threat. It's not difficult to guess which will prove the more intimidating. Indeed, we might soon be amazed by the amount of legislation the Democrats can push through. ®

A new approach to endpoint data protection

More from The Register

next story
Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more
Oh yeah ... and a 30% cut for Amazon to seal the deal
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
Nintend-OH NO! Sorry, Mario – your profits are in another castle
Red-hatted mascot, red-colored logo, red-stained finance books
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
Feel free to BONK on the TUBE, says Transport for London
Plus: Almost NOBODY uses pay-by-bonk on buses - Visa
Twitch rich as Google flicks $1bn hitch switch, claims snitch
Gameplay streaming biz and search king refuse to deny fresh gobble rumors
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
prev story

Whitepapers

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?