The hope of 60 seats in the Senate is now dead:
Relieved Republicans celebrated a resounding win in Georgia's hard-fought U.S. Senate runoff, a victory that denied Democrats a filibuster-proof majority and cemented the state's reputation as a GOP bastion.
Sen. Saxby Chambliss trounced Democrat Jim Martin Tuesday night, winning his second term by a margin of more than 10 percentage points. The race dashed Democrats' hopes of a 60-seat majority immune to Senate filibusters, which would have given President-elect Barack Obama a stronger hand moving his agenda.
I wasn’t entirely sold on 60 seats meaning we had a filibuster proof majority. It’s hard to get 100% of the caucus to vote with the party all the time. Of course that can also apply to the Republicans now. If the Democrats put forth good legislation and get a couple of the more moderate Republicans on board, then filibusters can be broken.