I put the word "could" in all caps because it is the key word of the title. If the 113th Congress looks like this, then it means that the GOP has a filibuster-proof majority in the US Senate. After seeing the vote in the Senate today, where the 16 Democrats running for reelection in 2012 voted to raise the cost of gas at the pump, I have more optimism. I now think that only 8 of these 16 Democrat incumbents can manage to hold onto their seat in 2012. When I add an independent from Maine, and a former House member from Connecticut, the Democrats end up with only 40 seats. The Republicans hold nine out of 10 seats and they pick up 14 additional seats for a grand total of 60 seats. This, of course, is a very optimistic outlook before a lot of primaries have taken place, and the general election results may turn out to be less rosy. Still, I have some good feelings today about what those results might be.
This would be as joyous an occasion as a traditional wedding. You've heard the expression ...
Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
Here is a look of how the 113th Congress Senate Freshman Class could turn out with that phrase in mind.
George Allen (VA) Tommy Thompson (WI)
Wil Cardon (AZ) Josh Mandel (OH) Sarah Steelman (MO)
Linda Lingle (HI) Steve Welch (PA) Ted Cruz (TX)
John Raese (WV) Don Stenberg (NE) Dan Severson (MN)
Connie Mack IV (FL) Pete Hoekstra (MI) Dennis Rehberg (MT)
Heather Wilson (NM) Rick Berg (ND)
Chris Murphy (CT) Angus King (ME)