Take a look at this one, from ABC.
What does it take to get a wavering senator to vote for health care reform?
Here’s a case study.
On page 432 of the Reid bill, there is a section increasing federal Medicaid subsidies for “certain states recovering from a major disaster.”
The section spends two pages defining which “states” would qualify, saying, among other things, that it would be states that “during the preceding 7 fiscal years” have been declared a “major disaster area.”
I am told the section applies to exactly one state: Louisiana, the home of moderate Democrat Mary Landrieu, who has been playing hard to get on the health care bill.
Sweet little Mary, you know the one. She's the moderate from Louisiana and the one who said she would punch George Bush, if he or anyone from his administration criticized the miserable response from the New Orleans Police in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
As it turns out she may have been holding out, but not because it's a bad idea. She's been holding out for a cash payout for her district. I suspect that most of the so-called moderates (like my Senator Evan Bayh) are doing so too.
I would like to take a moment to remind my citizens in the great state of Indiana that Sen. Bayh is up for re-election next year. And I would also like to add that we don't need no damned earmarks here. We will survive just fine without putting my grandson into hock, before he graduates kindergarten. It just isn't worth it