All 47 Republican Senators Back Repeal
12:15 PM, Feb 1, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
In the wake of yesterday's federal district court decision in favor of 26 states, which ruled that Obamacare is unconstitutional in addition to being unpopular, USA Today reports that all 47 Republican senators have now signed onto Sen. Jim DeMint's repeal bill. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell has promised that he will find a way for the Senate to vote on repeal, despite Majority Leader Harry Reid's determination to avoid a vote on that popular legislation, which passed the House by a tally of 245 to 189.
It would seem to be anything but a "symbolic" question whether 4 of the 23 Democratic Senators who are up for reelection in 2012 – more than half of whom, according to Michael Barone, represent states where Republicans got a majority of the House vote this past election – are more interested in doing what's right for the country and thereby getting reelected, than in continuing to support President Obama. Senators Jim Webb (D., Va.), Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.), Ben Nelson (D., Neb.), Claire McCaskill (D., Mo.), Jon Tester (D., Mont.), and Bill Nelson (D., Fla.), would all seem to be likely candidates. Or perhaps retiring Senators Kent Conrad (D., N.D.) or Joe Lieberman (I, Conn.) might like to vote for repeal on their way out of the Senate. Either way, with 47 Republicans united in favor of repeal, a close vote is guaranteed.