in our recent post, the there is no doubt that Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson's actions have affected the U.S. Senate voters in Massachusetts.
The Health Care Re-form Bill has based that race on national issues. The anger that Nelson fomented, particularly with the Cornhusker Kickback, helped to fertilize the Bay State grass roots, and in turn the Scott Brown momentum.
So, as we asked the other day, what happens if the polls hold and Republican Scott Brown wins?
He would provide the 41st vote to hold a filibuster in place. Will the House try an end run? Will the Senate go the reconciliation route?
Or, if the filibuster holds, will it give Ben Nelson an out to vote AGAINST the bill (on whatever issue he could come up with)?
Some have suggested that a Brown win will be a boost for President Obama and the Dems, because it will force them more towards the middle.
Hmm. Maybe. We'll believe that when we see it.
But how will affect the down-ballot candidates?
Will a Dem House candidate such as Tom White be stuck even more as he's married to ObamaCare?
If the Democrat Congress jams through ObamaCare, will 2nd District voters take out their inevitable rage on White? And will the national Dems be able to afford to support White (as Don Walton stated again), while defending other more vulnerable races?
As the results air this evening, the new Shot Heard 'Round the World may be well heard in Nebraska.
Not to mention, who do you think Nelson and White are rooting for?