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In my latest column I interview Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), who is running in a special election for President Obama’s senate seat and pledges that if he is seated as the 42nd Republican senator in November he will oppose the Democrats’ plans to enact their legislative agenda through a lame-duck session of Congress.

I note in the column that Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) could be seated in November as well, and I speculate that he might also oppose a lame duck since he voted last week for a resolution in the House that would bar that chamber from meeting between November and January. Well, Castle’s office has since confirmed that if elected to the Senate he would, indeed, join Kirk in opposing a lame duck. A Castle spokesperson told me in an e-mail, after reading Kirk’s comments in The Post, that “The Congressman agrees with Rep. Kirk that a lame duck session is no place for controversial legislating.”

And then there is this added wrinkle: Last week Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin also announced his opposition to a lame duck, declaring that such a session would “override the public’s will as expressed at the ballot box.”

So with Kirk-Castle-Feingold in opposition, it appears a center-left coalition is forming that would join with conservatives in blocking the Democrats’ plans to push major legislation through Congress in a lame-duck session. So why won’t the Senate GOP leadership step forward and put the lame duck out of its misery?

By Marc Thiessen  | August 17, 2010; 12:51 PM ET
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What "plans" are you talking about? Point me to where Democrats in the House and Senate have announced a plan to pass all this legislation in the lame duck session. You also have yet to explain how the Democratic leadership, which lacks the 60 votes in the Senate to break a filibuster without Republican assistance, will suddenly be able to break a filibuster and pass all this major legislation on their own in a lame duck session. Until that is explained in a plausible fashion, this all is just fantasy.

Posted by: mustangs79 | August 17, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Thiessen's other big fantasy is that control of Congress will shift to the Republicans. Even if voters are disappointed in the Democrats, they remember the Bush debacle and recognize the GOP has no solutions to any current problems and is entirely focused on cutting taxes on the rich, a policy, as we have seen over the last two years, does not create jobs or help the vast majority of Americans in any way.

Posted by: dnahatch1 | August 18, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Marc how about the truth. "...enact their legislative agenda through a lame-duck session of Congress..." Votes are needed!!!

Posted by: rlj611 | August 18, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

What is the appropriate term for one who euthanizes a mallard with orthopedic injuries that cannot be corrected and will only result in agony?

Posted by: HCBerkowitz | August 18, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

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