In the survey, Nelson's job approval rating was 42 percent and his disapproval rating was 48 percent. By comparison, Republican Sen. Mike Johanns of Nebraska, who voted against the bill, had a 63 percent job-approval rating.
Nelson has been under fire since he supplied the 60th vote to win approval for President Barack Obama's principal domestic policy initiative in the Senate. He was called a “sellout” at a political rally.
If my prognastication about Scott Brown is correct, watch for Ben Nelson to head the line of Democrats who will have changed their minds about supporting health care reform. Nelson knows he's in big trouble. He also knows he's gone from fairly well liked to disliked in the span of a month and it's due entirely to his support of health care reform, and his backroom deal to get that support.
No matter what President Obama and the Democratic leadership say, any Democrat that now switches their votes and comes out against this bill will be viewed as a hero. They will keep their political lives going. Frankly, the Democrats will be better off as well if this health care package dies. The leadership will be replaced and they can reorganize around a better agenda.
If they were to pass health care reform, every single member of their party will see their approval ratings where Ben Nelson sees them.