smartmoney saidDidn't the last two years of the Bush monstrosity have a complete democratic control of congress and the senate and nothing major happened? This country is so screwed up, you could have rabid pit bulls running both houses and the only substantial bills that would be passed would be legalized public pooping. Tea baggers and communists have only one thing in common, they never accomplish anything after getting elected.
That's the myth Republicans promote. The fact was the US Senate had the filibuster rule (since repealed), that required a super-majority of 60 votes to move things forward. So that a slight Democratic Senate majority was effectively blocked, lacking 60 votes. Likewise other procedural tactics in the House prevented Democrats from accomplishing much of anything there, either, per the Republican "make Obama fail" playbook.
The US Senate was only technically fillibuster-proof from Republicans for about 30 days, 1 month, in the summer of 2009. That's when Al Franken finally had his Minnesota win confirmed, following months of Republican lawsuits. Denying President Obama the "honeymoon" many new Presidents get.
And during that month Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy was mostly absent from the Senate, dying of brain cancer. That was the only time that technically the Republican fillibuster could have been blocked, with 58 Democrats in the Senate, and 2 Independent Senators who usually voted with them.
So that Republican claims that the Democrats "controlled" Congress completely are false. And a morally dishonest hypocritical claim because it was the Republicans who used every procedural trick in the book, including Senate filibuster, to prevent a narrow Democratic majority from being in charge and achieving most of its legislative goals. Surely you remember the phrase "Party of No" from that period.