Nebraska’s Ben Nelson has rejected the latest “compromise” offered him by his Democratic colleagues, so Harry Reid still doesn’t have his 60 votes, though this Washington Post report continues to relay Reid’s confidence in a yes vote on Christmas eve.
I wonder if Al Franken’s rudeness to Joe Lieberman earlier today might result in the Connecticut senator’s refusal to help push the bill through by Christmas eve.
Time to make those Congressional phones ring. The “Take Further Action” button in the “Free Our Health Care” box in the right hand column will connect you to your two senators and your specific congressman.
But please also call the Hill switchboard at 202-224-3121 and urge Nelson and Lieberman (and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas) to vote no on cloture.
The transcript of my conversation with New York Times’ columnist Nicholas Kirstof –much of which is a discussion of the Senate bill– is posted here. The column he wrote about John Brodniak which we discussed is here. I came away from it convinced, as I am after most conversations with Obamacare supporters, that the specifics of the bill just don’t matter to those pressing for its passage. Give it a read and send me your thoughts via firstname.lastname@example.org. The Hughniverse’s weekend discussion will be pegged to this interview.