Democrat political strategist James Carville said Tuesday that it does not make sense for conservative Senate Democrats in tight re-election races to support defunding Obamacare because they supported it when it passed Congress.
Mr. Carville, the “Ragin’ Cajun,” said that Sens. Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Mary Landrieu in Louisiana are not going to turn against the program in an attempt to win another term in office.
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“Mary Landrieu in Louisiana and in Arkansas, Mark Pryor, they voted for Obamacare, so if they vote to defund it, that is not going to help them,” he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “That is just going to make them look stupid. They are already in. I mean, in for a penny, in for a pound in that sense.”
Mrs. Landrieu and Mr. Pryor are considered two of the most vulnerable Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections, along with Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska and Kay Hagan of North Carolina, who also supported the Affordable Care Act in the upper chamber.
The Democrat-controlled Senate is expected to vote as early as Wednesday on a continuing funding resolution to keep the government running beyond the end of the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Republican, said this week that the GOP’s push to link the defunding of Obamacare to the continuing resolution is “dead on arrival” in the Senate.
Mr. Carville said that it is no surprise that Republicans in primaries are running against Obamacare because the GOP base does not like the law — though he does not know how the ongoing battle over the Affordable Care Act ends well for Republicans.
“How do they come out of this and say they really look good,” he said. “What’s the happy ending?”