Friday, February 12, 2010

Baron Hill a "Dead Duck Democrat"?

We can only hope! (And continue working toward)

As Jeffrey Anderson writes at NRO's Critical Condition:

Talk continues to simmer about the Democrats possibly using the "reconciliation" process to ram Obamacare through the Senate. There are a myriad of reasons why this likely won't work in that chamber, including strong public opposition; opposition among the more moderate Democrats' to such an unconventional and evasive-sounding ploy; and major, major procedural hurdles. But perhaps the primary reason why "reconciliation" is extremely unlikely to work is this: Obamacare would still have to pass the House.

Back in the fall, the Democrats had almost no margin for error — just two votes — in passing the House version of Obamacare. They've since lost two more votes for sure and now have no margin for error.

Furthermore, as Andy Wickersham and I have noted elsewhere, a host of other Democrats who voted for Obamacare the first time are sitting in red states and looking like dead ducks. Many of them would probably love to have a chance to switch their votes to "no." These include the following: Tom Perriello (Va.), John Salazar (Colo.), Chris Carney (Pa.), Zack Space (Ohio), Alan Mollohan (W.Va.), John Spratt (S.C.), Bill Foster (Ill.), Melissa Bean (Ill.), Brad Ellsworth (Ind.), and Baron Hill (Ind.). (my emphasis)

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