Reid's Re-election Insurance
has it about right. Reid announces yesterday (and I happened to see the press conference) that there will be a public option in the Senate bill (which the states could decline) and yet refuses to respond to questions (not from Fox News) about whether or not he has the votes. Well, he doesn't have the Democratic votes necessary (and has no GOP ones), so what is he up to? Milbank: "For Reid, it was an admission of the formidable power of liberal
interest groups. He had been the target of a petition drive and other
forms of pressure to bring the public option to the floor, and Monday's
move made him an instant hero on the left. Americans United for Change
hailed him for refusing 'to buckle in the face of withering pressure
from the big insurance companies.' MoveOn.org admired his 'leadership
in standing up to the special interests.'"
"Reid, facing a difficult reelection contest next year at home in
Nevada, will need such groups to bring Democrats to the polls if he is
to survive. But there were a few problems with the leader's solo move.
He shifted the public pressure from himself to half a dozen moderates
in his caucus." Milbank has it right. And this will not work; the bill will not be passed with a public option (do you think the four or so moderate Senate Dems are amused by this tactic?) and Reid will continue to have re-election problems.
9:47 AM / October 27, 2009