Nevadans Not Wild About HarryBy
Jane Hamsher at Firedoglake has been warning that Harry Reid will pay a steep price if he doesnâ€™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 â€“ former Nevada basketball star, Danny Tarkanian, and former state GOP chair and former television anchorwoman, Sue Lowden â€“ both outpoll Reid by a minimum of six percentage points. Both outpoll Reid among independents by double digits.
Politics Daily suspects there may be â€œan anybody-but-Reid sentiment at work more than a preference for a Republican.â€
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?