[quote=nuu faaola;2845157]While I am concerned about this, I find reassurance from two things:
1) Obama won an unbelievable mandate --[B]literally, the most votes ever[/B]-- and his coattails are particularly powerful in relation to a congress with a 17% approval rating. Politically, he has all the leverage right now.
2) Pelosi and Reid will also be somewhat constrained by the number of conservative dems now in their caucus. Their top political priority will continue to be maintaining their majority, and they need all those "blue dogs" from southern states to do it. If they veer too far left, they will lose those seats and they know it. .[/quote]
Nuu, given population trends, it would be an upset if presidents didn't continue to get "the most votes ever" for the foreseeable future