Earlier, I blogged about Brian Howey's observations about Brad Ellsworth's hard time with voting on ObamaCare.
That paragraph, quoted here, was preceded by a couple of other interesting sentences that I missed:
HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: As we noted in Tuesday's weekly Howey Politics Indiana, the fate of the health reforms could rest on the Hoosier Blue Dogs - U.S. Reps. Baron Hill, Joe Donnelly and Brad Ellsworth. Reading Hill taking on the "myths" leads us to believe he'll be a yes vote (this is pure speculation). The fact that Nick Buis from the Obama organization may take the helm of his reelection bid reinforces that speculation. Donnelly appears to be settling in as a "no" vote in a fashion similar to how he approached a potential Senate run. Ellsworth appears to be wavering, not only to just HPI, but to a number of Democrats we talked to during all the St. Patrick's Day events yesterday. The Ellsworth office/campaign no longer returns calls just seeking his current status. We heard this over and over from Democrats who hope he succeeds: that Ellsworth may be in over his head with the Senate run. He doesn't have the astute political operatives and braintrust surrounding him, unlike Hill and Donnelly. He struggles making tough decisons and the one coming up this weekend will be the toughest of his career.
Baron Hill's reelection campaign is going to be run by the Indiana state director for Obama for America (now Organizing for America).
Buis was recently quoted by Fox 59 in Indy on the Tea Party and the astroturf Obama response "coffee party":
Dr. Graham calls the planned rallies at the Indiana Statehouse on Monday afternoon the squaring off of the coffee and tea parties. Pence will speak in support of the tea variety.
Organizing For America's Indiana director Nick Buis prefers coffee in this case.
"We've been talking about this day for 9 months. Its time for an up or down vote. Who is with President Obama or with the insurance companies."
Buis better get used to being with the insurance companies; along with other aspects of the health industry (drug companies, medical supply companies, hospitals, nursing homes, doctors, etc) they are among the top contributors (both in this and past election cycles) to Baron Hill's campaign. You know, the campaign Buis is apparently going to be running.
Looks like a match made in heaven.
At least Baron isn't running away from Obama. He's running right back into his arms.
We'll see how long that lasts.