Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wednesday's wash

CNN says opponents of the health care bill are gaining:
"Five more House Democrats said Tuesday that they will vote against Senate health care legislation, which puts opponents of reform just 11 votes shy of the 216 needed to prevent President Obama from scoring a major victory on his top domestic priority. An ongoing CNN analysis shows that opposition in the House to the Senate health care plan has reached 205 members. A total of 27 House Democrats, including nine who supported the House plan in November, have indicated that they would join a unified Republican caucus in opposing the Senate plan, which passed in that chamber December 24 with the minimum required 60 votes. Nonetheless, House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson of Connecticut said Monday after a meeting with rank-and-file Democrats that "the votes are there" to pass the health care bill."

Yes, right...well, if "the votes are there", why don't you Dems vote on it today, then? That of course they won't says volumes.

One reason the votes aren't there is due to the fact that the Obama/Democratic health care plan still doesn't poll well. NBC/Wall Street Journal yesterday had it at 36% approval, 48% disapproval. Wow.

In 2010 election updates: in Pennsylvania, not to worry--Rasmussen still has Toomey up 9 points over Specter in the likely Senate matchup. I'd trust Rasmussen--their polling came off very accurate in the most recent elections.

I'll have all my picks for the first round games tomorrow. But the Madness is here. Don't know how much stock folks will want to put in my picks, though--I had Winthrop, with its decent NCAA tourney experience and tradition, beating Arkansas-Pine Bluff last night...and of course instead UAPB took Winthrop to school, 61-44. Guess I gotta work on my picks today a bit more...