Senator Nelson’s Problem
PhyCon, you have some very good points there. I’d just like to add one more thought.
Senator Ben Nelson, by virtue of not being up for election in 2010, may actually be in worse shape than those Democrat Senators who stand for election in 2010 if–I said if–this passes.
He’s up for re-election in 2012, which–again, assuming ObamaCare passes in some form or another–would be after the taxes and regulations of the insurance companies start to kick in, but before the benefits begin (most reports I’ve read state the benefits begin in 2013). Thus, Senator Nelson will face the wrath of those who have experienced the bad effects of the bill without the support of those who’ve experience any good effects–assuming there really are any, of course.
Add to that the fact that Nebraska is historically one of the most conservative states, and if Nelson is “the 60th vote” on cloture, he may be in real political trouble. I wonder if his public and oft-stated reluctance to embrace this bill indicates that he’s figured that out.