The next front

Even as we're in the swirl of the health care reform debate, it's worth keeping an eye on upcoming battles. And given the increase in chatter, I'd say that Cap-and-Trade legislation will be next.

The battle lines are quite a bit mushier on this one -- predictably, Mike Huebsch doesn't like it:
Waxman-Markey is merely a political answer to a serious issue and one that would cause disproportionate harm to Wisconsin. Amazingly, some members of our state's congressional delegation supported the bill when it flew through the House earlier this year. The United States Senate should not follow the House’s lead and rush to approve it.

-- but Russ Feingold doesn't like it either:
What changed his mind? Probably some good, old-fashioned "tea partying"...

Feingold, however, shows the threat to the bill from what should presumably be a solid left wing. No matter how much Feingold likes big government solutions, he understands that his constituents do not, especially when it means big hikes in energy costs and massive layoffs. Feingold will not be alone in this, either. Obama can expect opposition from Senators in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. Robert Byrd already announced his opposition to it. Even reconciliation won’t save cap-and-trade, because Obama will probably not get 51 votes for it, and certainly can’t possibly get 60.

It's amusing and saddening in equal measures that the left would be proposing reconciliation on Cap-and-Trade before we've even finished hashing out health care -- do they really want to force down two unpopular measures? But the admission that even drastic measures probably wouldn't save the bill are a further blow to the Obama legislative goal.