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Monday, November 9, 2009

We're dead meat

Posted By on Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 3:23 PM

That's my reaction on seeing the headline on Talking Points Memo -- "Do or die: The six senators who will decide the fate of health care reform."

Lincoln, Landrieu, Liebermann, Bayh, Nelson, Conrad.

Re Lincoln:

As a rule, Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) may not be as ideological as Nelson is. But she's got a problem on her hands right now that Nelson doesn't. She's an unpopular senator in a conservative state and she's up for re-election next year. Unlike Nelson (or Joe Lieberman, who we'll get to momentarily) securing Lincoln's procedural vote is a nuts-and-bolts political problem. How do you get her into a position where she (and the Democratic party) feels her seat isn't particularly imperiled by votes for health care reform. Last week, she met with both Reid and President Obama. Those conversations will surely continue.

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