The Republicans are a minority but they did manage get some key accomplishments this year.They managed to block the federal government from having a Surgeon General during the Swine Flu epidemic. This is a major accomplishment, who knows how many lives could have been saved by having someone in charge of the office that oversees the federal response to Public Health Threats during an epidemic.
They managed to block the federal government from having someone in charge of the Transportation Security Agency in a decade when terrorists have been targeting planes. Then started fearmongering when a terrorist plot failed, doing his work for him. This is a double accomplishment not only did they facilitate the terrorist plots, but they had a backup plan something they didn’t have when invading Iraq and Afghanistan.
They stopped conversation on the Healthcare Plan, making sure American citizens weren’t able to have any input in it.
They have set a record for the number of filibusters used, slowing the federal government down to a crawl in a year filled with major crisis that need swift action.
They stopped legislation on climate change, forcing the EPA to step in and use much blunter tools to stop the most immediate damage to the environment.
Coming into the election year of 2010 they can boast of these great accomplishments and how if they can get just one more Senator elected they can bring the federal government to a state of total paralysis, keeping their record of having done absolutely nothing positive for America in the last 20 years.