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March 15, 2010

Nomentum Yes To No! And No Means No Edition

As Obama has said, the time for talk about health care reform is over (even as he is giving another speech about it).

Okay, let's vote!

"As I said publicly, I can't vote for a bill that will publicly fund abortion," Rep. Chris Carney (D-Pa.) told the Scranton Times-Shamrock.

Carney, who voted for the House bill in November, is regarded as a key vote for the Democratic leadership on the upcoming Senate bill.

Two other Democrats facing tough races -- Reps. Steve Driehaus (Ohio) and Brad Ellsworth (Ind.) -- made similar statements in recent days. The two of them and Carney are thought to be potential members of the bloc of Democrats standing with Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) over the abortion issue.

Glenn Nye (D-VA) is looking like he sticking with his no vote.

Related: Howie Kurtz tweets that FNC bailed on covering Obama's latest while MSNBC and CNN stuck with it.

This is part of the reason why FNC seen as tilting against WH.

And there's the liberal bias of assumptions in action. Perhaps the issue is CNN and MSNBC tilting towards the White House by giving Obama's pitch the umpteenth free airing.

Obama says the time for talk is over, FNC just took him at his word.

More [Gabe]: Two things that don't looks so good for Nancy:

Driehaus and Ellsworth were originally believed to be part of the Stupak bloc, but Democrats spent the weekend saying it had shrunk to six, instead of a baker's dozen. The six were Bart Stupak, Marion Berry, Dan Lipinski, Kathy Dahlkemper, Joe Donnelly, and Joe Cao. But if Driehaus and Ellsworth are still on board, I guess rumors of the group's demise were greatly exaggerated.

The other interesting thing is that Carney wasn't thought to be part of Stupak's group at all. He was a solid vote for healtcare reform in the fall. This means that he just reached out of nowhere to seize on the abortion issue...perhaps as an excuse?

Carney stated repeatedly in the fall that his constituents supported a healthcare overhaul. But recent polls have shown collapsing support and Carney, among others, has been the target of television and radio ads urging him to "Start Over" on healthcare reform. I guess the ads worked.

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