It’s not all about Lieberman. Four other non-Republican Senators pose a threat to Democrats who desperately want to find cloture and get to an up-or-down vote on health reform. In addition to Droopy, the other four are: Evan Bayh (D-IN), Mary Landreiu (D-LA), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), and Ben Nelson (D-NE).
Landreiu’s, Lincoln’s, and Nelson’s positions make sense because they hail from overwhelmingly red states. Of course, you’d think they’d get more mileage out of voting for cloture and against the bill, but perhaps they’re not convinced that their constituents will see it that way. As I said earlier today, Lieberman’s just begging for attention. I don’t think he has the bite to back up his bark. Then there’s Bayh. He’s a Dem from a state that went blue in the 2008 election, but hasn’t always been that color historically. Indiana’s also the home to a large chunk of the medical device industry, and some key provisions of reform would hit them unfavorably. So the question on Bayh is: Is he playing populist politics or special interest politics or some strange combination of both?
Moreover, only one of these “Fab Five” has to break ranks to keep a filibuster going. Yikes.