At a townhall meeting last week in Waukesha, Wisconsin, the state’s junior Senator Russ Feingold got an earful on health care from his constituents. Unlike some of his fellow partisans, that liberal Democrat, as his wont, treated his critics with respect.
Should Scott Brown do well in tomorrow’s race in Massachusetts, would that strong showing, or even his victory, cause the Wisconsin Democrat to get cold feet on health care? After all, Wisconsin was closely contested in 2000 and 2004, only narrowly going for the Democratic presidential nominees. In 2008, John McCain ran 6 points better in the Badger State than he did in the Bay State.
If Brown does as well as anticipated, you can bet that a number of Wisconsin Republicans will be eyeing Feingold’s seat which comes up this fall. Will he, to better protect himself from such challenges, mend his ways on Obamacare? Will other Washington Democrats who voted for the health care overhaul when first it came up for a vote in their respective chambers?
I think a lot of them might be wishing right now for some way to just make the issue go away.