FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
It's entirely possible the New Year will find the White House and the Congress controlled by the Democrats.
Virtually all the polls indicate it could be a big year for the Democrats. Some fearless forecasters are predicting Democrats could even wind up with the all-important 60 vote majority in the Senate. That would render Republicans virtually powerless to stop legislation there. Right now– the Democrats barely have the upper hand in the Senate– 49 Democrats, 49 Republicans and 2 Independents who caucus with the Democrats.
In the House, Democrats hold a 235 to 199 majority with one vacancy. A 270-seat majority this election is probably out of reach but the Democrats are expected to pick up some seats. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi predicts Democrats will control 250 seats when all the votes are counted.
And Barack Obama, another Democrat, is the current favorite to be the next president. So what would that mean for the rest of us? It means the Democrats would suddenly have the power to push about any agenda they want to–from raising taxes on the wealthy and cutting them for the middle class to steering more federal benefits to low-income families to expanding health care coverage to anything else they might decide suits their fancy.
Here’s my question to you: What's the risk of one party controlling Congress and the White House?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Linda from Bentley Spring, Maryland writes:
Well, there might be a risk, but if Democrats can get over the bitterness of the past 8 years, they can form a coalition with Republicans to make this truly a collaborative effort. I'm dreaming, I know, but perhaps a President Obama can bring his calm reason to bear, regardless.
Brian from Moscow, Idaho writes:
It means there will be a clear mandate for the Democrats to fix the economy, much like Clinton did in the 90s. If they can't deliver, there will be a massive backlash against Democratic leadership that could tank the careers of Pelosi, Reid and Obama as well. They have four years and more responsibility than either party has ever had in recent history. We'll see if they deliver.
Jack, this administration and their very wealthy buddies on Wall Street, in the oil business and the banking industry have brought America to its knees. The economy is issue #1 and far ahead of any other issue in this election. It will dictate who will win this election no matter their color, race or anything else they are.
The risk of course is that some unpopular initiatives could become law. On the other hand, there would certainly be less gridlock in Congress and more would get accomplished.
Dave from Atlanta, Georgia writes:
Jack, I am a registered Democrat and I would normally be concerned with this type of control, however, we need to move in the opposite direction from where this circus in Washington has taken the country. Senator Obama is a well-educated man and I would stake what remains of my 401(k) that he can't be worse than what we have seen over the past eight years.
Janis from Lafayette, Indiana writes:
What have we got to lose? It has taken a crisis, whether it be 9-11, the war in Iraq or the economic collapse, to get our Congress to move faster than a snail's pace. Maybe with one party in control, we can get policy through without unnecessary debate and delay.