That sound you’re hearing may be the cracking of Senator Ben Nelson’s moral fiber. Ace is reporting that Ben Nelson may be on the brink of breaking and turning into a weaker version of Senator Bob Casey Jr. Reports are saying that Dems are throwing all sorts of goodies at Nelson. This would be bad news as it would give the Dems in the Senate their 60th vote to pass Obamacare.
After marathon talks, the Obama administration and Democratic leaders appeared near agreement with Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson late Friday night to provide the crucial 60th vote needed for Senate passage of health care legislation.
Majority Leader Harry Reid intends to unveil a final package of changes in the long-debated legislation on Saturday “and is confident that it will prevail,” his spokesman, Jim Manley, said in a late-night statement.
Nelson, the Senate’s most conservative Democrat, has been seeking fresh concessions to restrict access to abortion coverage in the legislation, as well as more money for his home state of Nebraska and other changes.
He told reporters “real progress” had been made, but he offered no details and said nothing final had emerged from the talks.
I really hope this isn’t true. If it happens I am never ever going to believe in the myth of the Blue Dog Democrat again. They will be relegated to the file of Bigfoot and Chupacabra. (But not the Montauk Monster because that’s real) The tale of the Blue Dogs will essentially be a tale told over campfires to scare little liberals.
I’ll try to update but I’m about to start a crazy day. Maybe Patrick will wake up before noon and actually post something for once.
In the meantime, check out Ace for more.