Sunday, December 06, 2009

Will Harry Reid Give Up His Seat To Pass Obamacare?

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It's becoming more and more clear that Senate Majority Leader Reid is going to lose unless he changes his course quickly. Dropping his ravenous support of Obamacare would be the smart starting point to revive his sagging numbers:

"When you look at the entire poll, it's clear the voters of Nevada do not want this bill to pass," said Brad Coker, managing partner of Washington, D.C.-based Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc., which conducted the poll Monday through Wednesday. "When you break it all down, it appears that Nevadans would just as soon throw this bill out and start over."

The poll carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Coker said the poll results aren't good news for U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., chief architect of the Obama supported plan. Only 39 percent of the poll respondents approve of Reid's efforts to get a bill through the U.S. Senate at a time when he's running for re-election.

Though 70 percent of Democrats support Reid's efforts, Coker said that probably isn't enough to outweigh the disapproval of 53 percent of independents and 87 percent of Republicans.

"Reid is going to be front and center carrying the flag for this reform that few people like and that's not going to help him in his re-election," Coker said. "You remember what happened historically to flag bearers in war. The flag bearer gets shot first."
Speaker Nancy Pelosi is in the clear and she could pass the strictest and widest health care reform plan and still win. Her cheer leading only burnishes her credentials but not so much for Reid.

Is Harry Reid such an ideologue that he would risk his seat, his career and the power he's amassed to pass a bill that the majority of Americans as a whole and Nevadans in particular hate? I'm guessing no but he has been pushing hard so we'll take a wait and see approach.


KurtP said...

He4's already got a cushy job waiting for him in Urkels administration.
Whith the passage of 0bamakare, he'll probably be the next ambassidor to the UN.

Terri said...

My guess is yes. He's about retirement age for normal people. If this passes, he gets a "legacy" forever and gets to retire without actually quitting.