The $52 Million Question
I've been following this stuff pretty closely, but I still find the sums a bit shocking. So far, various groups have spent $52 million on ads related to health-care reform. That's some stimulus. The graph you see on the right comes from this morning's Washington Post and shows the districts with the heaviest ad buys. Las Vegas leads, because Harry Reid is considered vulnerable, and if Republicans can scare the majority leader, they can limit his range of action. The other senators being targeted are Max Baucus, Olympia Snowe and Mary Landrieu.
It's not surprising that the heaviest spending is flowing toward swing votes and power players. But that list is largely made up of Democrats whom various groups want to scare out of voting, or at least out of fighting, for an ambitious health-care reform package. Reformers haven't settled on a vulnerable Republican that they can focus fire on and either turn into a supporter of health-care reform or make an example of in the next election.
Put another way, we can all name Democrats who are increasingly afraid of voting for this bill. Are any Republicans afraid of voting against it?
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