"None of the Washington-based genius commentators seems to have noticed: the President and his Democrats have lost control of the US Senate. Yes, the Democrats are technically the majority party, by a margin of 53-47. But it's a fragile majority, with several Democrats including Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan heading into tough re-election campaigns in which their only hope for winning lies in moving toward the right. ... It explains why the Senate voted last Friday to "table" the hugely-popular Cut, Cap & Balance bill passed a few days earlier by the GOP-led House. Not because the votes to pass it weren't there, but because they were. Had the Senate actually voted on the House bill, rather than vote to not vote on it, Cut, Cap & Balance would have passed because a handful of Democratic senators would have caved in to public opinion and supported the bill".