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Biden And The Supermajority

You can take the man out of the Senate, but you can't take the Senate out of the man.

Vice President Biden seems to be quite concerned with the state of his former stomping grounds of late, particularly the requirement of 60 votes to move most legislation of late. At a Florida fundraiser last week, Biden decried the supermajority requirement.

"As long as I have served ... I've never seen, as my uncle once said, the constitution stood on its head as they've done. This is the first time every single solitary decisions has required 60 senators," he said.

Biden took a somewhat different approach today at another event for the DNC.

"I'm not so sure what a blessing 60 votes was," he said, with Democrats now having lost that margin. "When we had 60 votes there was the expectation left, right, and center that we could do everything we wanted to do, which was never realistic. Never."

He also noted that the party only got to 60 midway through 2009, when Al Franken was finally seated after a protracted recount dispute. Before then, "no one though that somehow we were destined to fail ... Nobody thought we would not be able to get anything done."

But with the party heading back to 59 seats as soon as Scott Brown is seated, he spun it as a positive, that now Republicans "are going to have to be accountable as well."