That’s what Paul Ryan said the other day. He’s right, Bernie Sanders would be a powerful committee chair. But Ryan forgot to mention a few other things that would happen. Bold progressive Sherrod Brown is poised to take over the Banking Committee — hauling in Wall Street CEO’s to be held accountable. Elizabeth Warren, a member of Democratic leadership would have new ability to help mold the Senate agenda. She’d also become chair of a key Banking subcommittee, giving her the power to hold her own hearings. More reason for Ryan to be concerned.
Democrats need to win at least four seats to take back control. Polls are within the margin of error in North Carolina, Nevada, and New Hampshire. A recent poll shows Russ Feingold up by just 2% in Wisconsin.
This election will decide whether Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and others get lots of new power. Warren would have the ability to grill corporate CEOs. Democrats would be able to bring bills on debt-free college, expanding Social Security, and Wall Street reform to the floor.