November 1st, 2010
08:43 AM ET
12 years ago

What's at stake in the Senate: More gridlock ahead?

Editor's note: Ted Barrett has covered Congress for CNN for 11 years.

Washington (CNN) - Senate Democrats learned this year how difficult it was to pass bills over a determined GOP minority. Now they are bracing for possible legislative gridlock as Republicans are poised to pick up several seats in Tuesday's election.

Any expectations that a more evenly divided Senate might actually lead to cooperation and compromise could be unrealistic. The animosity and distrust between the two parties is already thick, and likely to get worse as the 2012 presidential campaign gets under way.

Filed under: 2010 • 2012 • Senate
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Muffet

    Our democracy has been high jacked by politicians whose only interest is division, fear and hatemonging. Some big businesses are more than happy to fund their campaigns to divert the public from real issues and the truth.

    November 1, 2010 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  2. keepstufingthis

    I was hoping that Obama would get the message, but the Democratic liberal party is still in denial about the election being about Obama. They do not understand that the arrogance, elitism, corruption, ineptness and incompetence have brought them to this. Couple this with the possibility of Charles Schumer becoming Senate minority leader and you have all of the makings for even more of a disaster for the Democrat liberal part in 2012. Perhaps some real democrats will step forward and guide the party back to the people, but the hope is slim. The party seems firmly in denial and firmly in control of the unions.

    November 1, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  3. Irate Independant

    Gridlock! Blessed, wonderful gridlock- the US Congress won't have time to pass any more intrusive laws over our lives, because they'll be too busy fighting each other: Just think, we'll be left alone in peace until 2012. That alone justifies voting for Republicans.

    November 1, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  4. jules sand-perkins

    The "distrust" involved here is primarily of Obama's agenda for America, not of a political party.
    This President must be rendered harmless and then removed.

    November 1, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  5. Fired up Nevada Latino

    We will meet Sharon Angle at the polls tomorrow to show her which way the Latino vote will go. We will prove to her that
    she doesn't tell us who we are. In other words, she may as well get wild about Harry.

    November 1, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  6. Fair is Fair

    With Obama in office, gridlock is a good thing.

    November 1, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  7. Tired of the nonsense

    What's at stake is American freedom. Elect Republicans and you've helped sound the death knell for America. Vote Democrats, and it'll be a long hard road but America will rebuild itself after the disaster of the Bush regime.

    Democrats are the Constitutional party. They support that document, they live by that document. They know that that the Constitution is the foundation of all American liberty.

    Republicans think the Constitution is toilet paper. Just like during the Bush regime, we will see our civil liberties destroyed all under the guise of "patriotism." No, the Republicans are not Americans. They do not stand for our ideals or tolerate our freedoms.

    November 1, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  8. GonzoinHouston

    It will all come to a head as the Bush tax cuts expire. Obama is determined to end the cuts for the wealthiest few. The GOP is just as determined to continue them. Both parties will probably use the filibuster in the Senate. The GOP will be forced to choose between the richest 2% and the rest of the country, and that 2% will exert massive pressure on the GOP. The fireworks should be fun.

    November 1, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  9. A Kickin` Donkey

    This will be a "Do Less Than Nothing" Congress with opposition leaders (not chamber leaders) McConnell and Boehner.

    The President`s political mistake over the last 2 years was to let the GOP campaign FULL tIME against him instead of DEMANDING They do their "day jobs". The Dems were out spun by the GOP.

    This time, the President will hire someone to monitor and counteracttack the lying, misleading GOPTP`ers IMMEDIATELY just like in the election. Plus he himself must use press conferences and addresses to the nation to name obstructionists – to call them out by photo and state. He will tell the American people who is standing in the way of progress and urge theem to FIRE that person in the next election.

    That`s the CHANGE I BELIEVE IN !

    November 1, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  10. PalmReader

    The only winners in tomorrow's election are the media outlets that racked in $8 Billion dollars of campaign donations through advertisements and campaign ad's, as well as all the pundits willing to do and say anything to keep the cash flowing in their bank accounts.

    Sadly, it is the media who will also be racking in the billions as well come 2012.

    November 1, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  11. Katy

    Asks yourselves, what has the Republicans done? Obstruct. What is a teabag going to do? Complain. Then get out and vote.

    November 1, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    Gridlock has been a fixture of Congress for decades. That is not going to be anything new.

    Hopefully, however, the runaway spending will be stopped.

    November 1, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. jules sand-perkins

    "Difficult to pass bills?"
    Nobody should want any of these socialistic bills proposed by Obama's Democrats to pass anything but the top of the waste basket.

    November 1, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. Orlando Patriot

    Let's remember – GRIDLOCK IS GOOD!! That means that BOTH parties MUST compromise and come up with a consensus that satisfies BOTH parties. Because we did NOT have gridlock the last two years the Democrats were able to push through extreme left wing desires that has killed this economy and will take years to correct even SOME of the catastrophic laws that this administration pushed through without compromise or even discussion. The people are ticked off that an adminstration went AGAINST the will of the people and did not give a tiny rat's behind what WE THE PEOPLE wanted!! For this reason gridlock is good and is the reason why this country is the greatest in the world.

    When there is "gridlock" that means that the federal government is limited as to what they can do. THAT IS A GOOD THING!! Because EVERYTIME the government thinks they can do something better than the private markets THEY SCREW EVERYTHING UP!!! GO GRIDLOCK!!

    November 1, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  15. U.S. Common Sense

    We need more gridlock. Single-party rule of the nation typically leaves to unchecked spending and policy. Look at the first 5 years of Bush and the first two years of Obama's administrations. A divided government is a better government.

    November 1, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |