Monday

Health Care Reform; the kiss of death for Sen. Nelson.

Health care reform has turned out to be the new third rail in politics. All of those who have been reckless enough to come down in support of it have suffered the consequences.

Martha Coakley is falling further behind in the polls and is in danger of seeing Ted Kennedy's seat go republican for the first time in four decades.

The latest to taste the bitter backlash of voter dissatisfaction is Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska. A headline on Fox News declared:


Poll Shows Nelson's Popularity Plummeting in Nebraska

The headline says it all. Nelson is the latest victim of the Obama's liberal/Marxist agenda but he is not alone. He is one of many who are facing increasingly difficult re-election bids across the country.

The article goes on to say:

Sen. Ben Nelson's popularity in Nebraska has plummeted in the course of the health care debate, with a new survey putting the Democratic senator's approval rating at 42 percent.


According to the latest poll from The Omaha World-Herald, 48 percent disapprove of Nelson. Forty-four percent said his support for health care reform would count against him if he runs for re-election in 2012.


The Nebraska moderate, who was the final Democratic holdout for health care reform in the Senate, has taken heat since agreeing to back the health bill after winning concessions from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.


Republicans on Capitol Hill blasted him for extracting a provision that would save his state from increased Medicaid costs. Nelson has since said he no longer wants the benefit that several other senators decried as unfair.


But the poll suggests he's taken a big hit at home for the role he's played, particularly considering how popular he was before he waded deep into the health care negotiations. A SurveyUSA poll from April 2006 showed he was the most popular senator in Congress, with a 73 percent approval rating. He won re-election that year with 64 percent of the vote.

This is the most telling detail of all. Before health care Nelson enjoyed 73 percent approval; after health care 42 percent. Even the most diehard liberals have got to be wondering what the mid-term elections will bring.

Meanwhile, Nelson's Republican Nebraska counterpart, Sen. Mike Johanns, had a 63 percent approval rating. Johanns voted against the health bill.


The poll of 500 registered voters was taken Jan. 8-12. It had a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points.

I f I were in a position to counsel Democratic representatives I would tell them this; keep supporting Obama and his agenda. If they were to follow my advice they would save the RNC a great deal of money come November. For the most part conservative candidates would just have to show up to win (I am aware it will not be that easy, just having fun at the expense of liberals).

For now we can sit back and enjoy the self inflicted pain being felt by liberals nation wide.

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