Politico makes the argument that 10 people have all the power in the upcoming vote on healthcare reform.
- Pennsylvania Rep. Kathleen Dahlkemper — Stupak’s soldiers
- Indiana Rep. Brad Ellsworth — looking to move up in the world
- West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd — guardian of Senate tradition
- North Carolina Rep. Larry Kissell — freshman hazing for first-termer
- New York Rep. Michael Arcuri — Empire State of opposition
- Vice president Joe Biden — Former senator still Senate president
- Rep. Brian Baird — Washington state wild card
- Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva — carrying the liberal banner
- Florida Rep. Allen Boyd — keeping Blue Dogs on a leash
- Sen. Jim Webb – the evasive holdout
No one thinks liberal Democrats will actually vote against legislation that provides coverage to more than 30 million uninsured Americans — and that’s their problem.
Liberals feel like their support has been taken for granted, even as their favored provisions — such as the public option — have been stripped out of the bill.