this makes a 60 vote majority in the senate for the dems. this will bust the filibusters & the various other political chicanery the republicans have been using these last few months. the success or failure of obama's agenda now rests on the shoulders of this democrat majority & obama's ability to make the hard stuff sound as necessary as it is. keep your fingers crossed. democrats are like alcoholics: they'll blow it every time they catch a break.