Fact-Check: Fiorina Repeats the ‘Democratic Supermajority’ Myth

Oh, Carly. And you were actually doing pretty well. For a Republican. Then you had to go and bring up this nonsense. Speaking about immigration reform, she repeated a debunked talking point:

“President Obama campaigned in 2007 and 2008 on solving the immigration problem. He entered Washington with majorities in the House and the Senate. He could have chosen to do anything to solve this problem, instead he chose to do nothing.”

The good old “Super-majority” tripe. The GOP loves to trot that one out. They say that the Democrats had a filibuster-proof majority and could have got anything done with it. Nope, sorry.

While it’s true that there was, for a brief time, a Democratic majority in both houses, it was only for 60 days. Anyone who knows anything about Congress knows that is not a sufficient time period in which to fix six years of Republican malfeasance.

Fact Left has some of the reasons why there was no workable supermajority. One reason was that the Minnesota race took over six months to get settled. Ted Kennedy was very ill and left the Capitol in May and was too sick to return once Al Franken was declared the winner in Minnesota. That left a 59-41 balance in the Senate. Then there was a recess. Then Kennedy died. His replacement came in just in time for another recess…. and so it went.

Carly Fiorina, like the rest of the Republican hopefuls, apparently can’t resist repeating a lie. Somehow I’m not surprised.