The bad news is: The Health Care Bill is moving to the floor of the Senate, where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will use every trick in the book to get it rammed through. We can thank Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) for this:
Sens. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana waited until Saturday to say they would vote yes for a floor debate. Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska announced Friday his support for moving the bill forward.
All three cautioned that their votes to start debate should not be construed a support for the bill in its current form.
Which just means they’re too chicken to say they’re going to vote for the bill; but they will. Mary Landieu is already bought and paid for; the others will follow.
The good news is that Blanche Lincoln’s seat looks like an easy pick-up for Republicans next election:
In a telephone survey of 501 likely voters in Arkansas, conducted on November 16-17, 2009, voters reported opposing the healthcare changes with only 29% saying they backed it while 64% said they were opposed. Fifty percent of likely voters indicated strong opposition to the plan while only 17% indicated strong support.
In an initial match-up of Lincoln and possible Republican candidate State Senator Gilbert Baker, the incumbent, Lincoln, holds a narrow 41-39 lead.
But when voters were asked how they would vote in a Lincoln-Baker race if Lincoln voted in favor of the healthcare legislation, the incumbent Democrat fell behind her possible GOP challenger 37-49. In all, 48% of likely Arkansas voters said they would be less likely to back Lincoln’s re-election if she supports the healthcare bill with 38% saying they were much less likely to support her in that event.
See full polling results here.
And Lincoln is up for re-election in 2010. Her vote for the Healthcare bill is by no means a sure thing . . . unless she otes for the bill’s final passage. First casualty of 2010, perhaps?
Big Honkin’ Texas Hat Tip: Libertarian Republican