Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) provided that last little bit of drama with her last minute announcement she will vote for the cloture petition and put Sen. Harry Reid's health care bill up for debate. While its called a procedural vote, it really ensures passage of a version of the Reid bill as only 51 votes will be needed for that.
Lawmakers in need of political cover will then be allowed to vote no. In other words....they can vote for it before they vote against it.
The cloture vote will be held tonight and the Democrats are unanimously in favor while GOP senators are all against it.
For Senator Lincoln there really was no choice. The party is what put you there and there are just some times you have to suck it up and do what the party wants.
The Arkansas Democrat says she opposes a public option, but her vote today pretty much ensures that is what happens.