The choice facing Democratic senators up for re-election in 2012
If the 22 Democratic senators who voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and are standing for reelection in 2012 do not support its repeal next week, their political careers may be over.
Last year, voters passions against even the possibility of a new healthcare bill ensured the election of Republican Senator Scott Brown in Massachusetts. However, now that the PPACA has been revealed as the law of the land, emotions are more intense as voters gradually are becoming aware of its onerous provisions, which are in opposition to the unsustainably optimistic image President Obama created to promote his legislation. How can these senators rationalize their reversal?
A lot can happen in the nearly 2 years between now and the 2012 election. But these pols, no matter how much they try to influence voters’ perceptions (with MSM help, needless to say) can on know what happened in 2010 as a result of their former colleagues’ ObamaCare votes. OTOH, there’s 2 years of Congressional action and inaction yet to come, and, IMO, one lesson from the mal-coverage of Tucson is that the MSM sees itself as being at war with conservatives. Expect 2 years of frequent periodic slanderous accusations and Memo-gate-like MSM paroxysms.