Reid is considered a master at accurately discerning how many votes a senate proposal will receive. But even he admits he’s at least two or three votes short of having the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster and bring the bill to a vote. In addition to Lieberman’s announcement that he’ll side with the GOP and filibuster any proposal for a federal public-option, GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine said she was “deeply disappointed” by Reid’s decision. Assuming those two votes are lost, Reid and the White House which favored Snowe’s “public-option trigger” proposal probably will have to persuade at least two of the three moderate Democrats who are known to be on the fence: Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb.; Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La.; and Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark. Nelson has said a bill will have to enjoy at least some GOP support, to receive his backing. Losing Snowe the lone GOP supporter of healthcare reform could be a critical obstacle to garnering his vote. Read More
Thank you blue dog democrats, now please don’t flip-flop back to help Reid shove this government ran health care bill down Americans throats. Thanks to Lieberman and Snowe for not falling for Reid’s sucker move!