I wonder how it feels to be Senator Ben Nelson today? He abandoned his “principles” in accepting forced federal funding for abortion. In exchange he was able to divert taxes from 49 other states to Nebraska.
Nelson’s agreement to an abortion-related change in the bill drew criticism from Nebraska Right to Life, a longtime supporter, and the state’s Catholic bishops, who issued a statement that they were “extremely disappointed” in him.
His rebuttal came in the form of his vote, as well as a statement. “Too many Nebraskans struggle more each year to pay rising health care costs,” he said. “Too many fear or face bankruptcy and too many are left behind, unable to obtain basic health coverage for themselves and their families.”
Ben Nelson, openly bribed and unremorseful, thinks Nebraskans’ problems are special. I suspect a large majority of Nebraska voters disagree.
This isn’t going to be forgotten by next November, the disdain will only be reinforced as more details become known. We know about Nelson. We know about Landrieu. We already know about some others: Bribe lists 1 and 2. Then there’s the mystery hospital.
There is rage today, how extensive and lasting remains to be seen, but I think the Dems seriously misunderestimated voter objections to a kleptocracy.
Update: Tuesday, December 22, 2009, 12:13PM
Gov. Dave Heineman “contacted me [Senator Ben Nelson] and he said this is another unfunded federal mandate and it’s going to stress the state budget, and I agreed with him,” the Nebraska Democrat said. “I said to the leader and others that this is something that has to be fixed. I didn’t participate in the way it was fixed.”
But Heineman expressed anything but gratitude, saying he had nothing to do with the compromise and calling the overhaul bill “bad news for Nebraska and bad news for America.”
“Nebraskans did not ask for a special deal, only a fair deal,” Heineman said in a statement Sunday.
Update: 5:41PM Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Busted: Ben Nelson Caught In The Act