According to the New York Times, Pryor did not attend former President Bill Clinton’s Obamacare speech in Arkansas because he did not want to “risk of being too closely associated with the health care law, according to one person with knowledge of his plans, but who was not authorized to discuss them publicly.”
Senators Kay Hagan (D-NC), Mark Begich (D-AK) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) all face similar dilemmas with this week’s Senate action. One thing is certain, though, all four will be in a tough spot this week if, as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) suggested, opponents of Obamacare “stand side-by-side”:
“So if [Harry Reid] says ‘I'm going to run the Republicans and ignore the bill passed been and I'm going to do this on a 51 vote threshold,’ in my mind, it should be easy for them to stand and support House Republicans. Any vote to allow Harry Reid to add funding, a vote for cloture, is a vote for Obamacare.”
The Byron York (no fan of the defund effort) suggested there are not “the votes – 41 in the Senate – to successfully filibuster a resolution that does fund Obamacare.” That may or may not be true, but that is only because some Senators are looking for a convenient excuse to allow a bill that funds Obamacare to move forward. Sadly, that will give folks like Pryor, Hagan, Begich and Landrieu a free pass on Obamacare.