Harry Reid, speaking earlier on the Senate floor about Nebraska senator Ben Nelson's hair:
"Would be very envious, as I am, and I would even think the presiding officer, about that hair of Ben Nelson's," said Reid on the Senate floor. "I mean, that is a mop of real hair. It's often that people call his office, mail the office--they believe he has a toupee. It his hair. He'll put for you anytime just to show that it's real. I mean he has hair like a 15-year-old, Mr. President. So I have to acknowledge, I'm a little envious of his hair."
Republican Senate candidate Deb Fischer of Nebraska has a new television ad out. "In Nebraska we solve problems by governing responsibly and sticking to our principles," Fischer says in the ad. "Time Washington did the same." Watch the ad below:
Yesterday, I asked Senator Dick Durbin if he thinks Obamacare's contraception/abortifacient mandate still violates the religious liberty of Catholic churches, like the Archdiocese of Washington. Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, said he didn't know.
Last night, two Democratic senators helped block a motion to debate and vote on the president's jobs bill. That hasn't stopped Barack Obama from arguing that it was Republicans in the Senate who are solely responsible for holding up his bill's movement.
Despite press reports that have indicated Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia would not support a debt ceiling deal that involves tax hikes, the senator won't reveal, when asked in person, where he actually stands on the contentious issue.
"I’m for a plan that’s fair," Manchin, who is up for reelection next year, said in the Capitol yesterday afternoon. "Just a fair plan for everybody."
Ben Smith reported this morning that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee sent out a fundraising email, signed by Harry Reid, that tries to ride the anti-Koch bandwagon. Here's the relevant part of the email:
As a Democratic Senator somehow elected last year in a state where Barack Obama has some of his lowest approval ratings, Joe Manchin is a curious bellweather. The more he has to run from Obama and the more he feels empowered to publicly criticize the head of his party, the more Obama it suggests the President is out of touch with the kind of blue collar voters and Reagan Democrats he's going to need to win the White House again.
The political future of Nebraska Democratic senator Ben Nelson, who's up for reelection in 2012, looks like it's on the line. Here's Democratic polling firm PPP on what Nelson is facing in the 2012 election:
Via Ben Smith, Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska will vote for the amendment to repeal "don't ask, don't tell." Even if Robert Byrd joins Jim Webb in voting with Republicans against repeal, there will still be enough votes to pass repeal out of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
If there are any wavering pro-life Democrats in this late hour who need to be persuaded about how awful the Senate health care bill is, they should read two memos that make it clear how the Senate bill would allow community health care centers to directly fund abortions with federal money. The first memo (download it here) is by the pro-life secretariat at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, an organization that would support the health care plan if the bill didn't fund abortions with tax dollars. The other memo is by the National Right to Life Committee.