Nevadans Not Wild About Harry


(Updated below)

Jane Hamsher at Firedoglake has been warning that Harry Reid will pay a steep price if he doesn’t do whatever it takes (including using reconciliation) to pass a Senate health care bill with a public option intact.

A recent Mason-Dixon poll shows that Reid has plenty of trouble ahead even without incurring the wrath of the blogosphere.

Two potential Republican challengers – former Nevada basketball star, Danny Tarkanian, and former state GOP chair and former television anchorwoman, Sue Lowden – both outpoll Reid by a minimum of six percentage points. Both outpoll Reid among independents by double digits.

Politics Daily suspects there may be “an anybody-but-Reid sentiment at work more than a preference for a Republican.”

That and the voter enthusiasm gap mean Reid had better not fail on health care.

Looks like Harry’s going to get some help(?) from Obama tomorrow:

Some Democratic senators have been complaining that the president must get more involved in this intra-party fight.

“I want to see more from the White House,” Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said Friday. Brown, a strong supporter of a public option, also said that “the president needs to weigh in. I think that will make it a lot easier.”

As high school football coaches say, “Boys, you gotta want it.” Question is, does he?

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