Jane Hamsher at Firedoglake has been warning that Harry Reid will pay a steep price if he doesn’t do whatever it takes (including using reconciliation) to pass a Senate health care bill with a public option intact.
A recent Mason-Dixon poll shows that Reid has plenty of trouble ahead even without incurring the wrath of the blogosphere.
Two potential Republican challengers – former Nevada basketball star, Danny Tarkanian, and former state GOP chair and former television anchorwoman, Sue Lowden – both outpoll Reid by a minimum of six percentage points. Both outpoll Reid among independents by double digits.
Politics Daily suspects there may be “an anybody-but-Reid sentiment at work more than a preference for a Republican.”
That and the voter enthusiasm gap mean Reid had better not fail on health care.
(Cross-posted from Scrutiny Hooligans.)