…And he was against it before that.
Some of you may remember I wrote a post a while back thanking Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska for stalling the Obamacare bill for no other reason than I wished to see the bill fail. Evidently Nelson must have seen my post or something, because soon after had I written the post, it seems, he goes and falls into line with the 59 other Senate Democrats with a sweetheart deal that even Nebraska’s governor didn’t want. Now, he’s pulling a John Kerry and flip-flopping on it:
Sen. Ben Nelson said Tuesday it was a mistake for the Obama Administration to take on massive health care reforms in 2009, and suggested efforts would have been better spent addressing the economy.
“I think it was a mistake to take health care on as opposed to continuing to spend the time on the economy,” he said.
“I would have preferred not to be dealing with health care in the midst of everything else, and I think working on the economy would have been a wiser move,” he said.
He seems to be channelling Joe Lieberman while he’s at it with his claim to be concerned about the economy, but you can’t have it both ways, Ben. You are the reason it passed. You should have thought of this BEFORE you sold your soul to Harry Reid and voted for this atrocity.
I was alerted to this thanks to Michelle Malkin. As you probably know, the Democrats have been trying to paint us as obstructionists for our attempts to slow down the progress of their healthcare bill. They have been trying to paint us as the “Party of No” for this and other things.
As if that’s a bad thing.
Sen. Coburn of Oklahoma, a favorite Senator of mine, appears to concur with me. As Malkin points out, he says:
“We’re accused of being the party of no,” he said. But “no is a wonderful word. When your child is misbehaving, you say no. When someone’s stealing liberty, you say no…Saying no at the right time saves lives. Saying no at the right time saves money…Saying no at the right time saves liberty.”
And he couldn’t be more right. There is nothing wrong with saying no, provided you use it properly. Saying yes, for that matter is what has gotten us into the situation we have found our country in, by constantly saying yes to more spending, yes to more government intervention, and yes even “Yes, we can!”. I happen to consider the battle for our freedom, our money, and even our lives that the healthcare debate is a very worthy time to use the word where the Democrats plans have been concerned. This bill is nothing but an Unconstitutional atrocity that will further ruin the economy; stifle innovation, particularly in health-related fields; and will only cover a fraction of the uninsured it has as its goal of covering. By saying “No!”, the Republicans are showing that they are on the side of liberty, which is the right side to be on. Keep it up, Republicans on the Hill and my fellow conservatives everywhere else.
Acta est fabula.
Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska is one of the few remaining truly moderate Democrats in Washington today. Unlike other so-called “moderate” Democrats in the Capitol, Nelson’s record actually proves this fact. He has a 47.26 lifetime rating from the ACU which places him in the company of moderate Republicans like Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine.
I wrote yesterday about how he may eventually give in to Harry Reid and pledge his vote to this atrocity that the Democrats want us to believe is a healthcare bill. His main holdout has been over abortion. He doesn’t want a healthcare bill that funds abortion. Though I frequently find myself opposed to him just like his fellow Democrats, I have to give him credit here. He is still holding out. Just a few moments ago, I read this:
A moderate Democrat whose vote could be crucial said Thursday an attempted Senate compromise on abortion is unsatisfactory, raising doubts about whether the chamber can pass President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul by Christmas.
“As it is, without modifications, the language concerning abortion is not sufficient,” Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, a key holdout on the health care bill, said in a statement after first making his concerns known to Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
Now, make no mistake, I am not giving kudos to Senator Nelson because I want this bill to pass. I, too, oppose federal funding of abortion, and I hope he continues to stand strong in his opposition to this bill. It is not merely for the pro-life cause that I applaud his holdout, it is also because I want this bill to fail. The fact that Senator Nelson is continuing to refuse to vote for this monstrosity makes me cheer, which is exactly why I applaud him.
Keep it up Senator Nelson. Don’t give in. This, as Herman Cain called it, “healthcare deform” bill will do nothing to fix the problems with our country’s healthcare system. It will only make it worse. I hope you understand that, Senator Nelson.
For the record, the subtitle of this entry doesn’t just pertain to the position Harry Reid finds himself in right now. I wake up every morning happy I’m not Harry Reid.
If Harry Reid isn’t the most ineffectual Senate Majority Leader ever, he’s definitely in the top three–actually, make that top two. Here we have a man who has managed to make Bill Frist look competent at doing his job. He finally manages to get Lieberman in line with the bill, and he may even have Sen. Bill Nelson (of Nebraska) on board.
However, in the process of selling his soul out to them to get their votes, Reid’s lost the vote of another Senator in the process: Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
Speaking to Neil Cavuto, Sanders said:
And unfortunately for Dingy Harry, the condemnation of this bill doesn’t come the Senate alone. His fellow Democrats outside of the Senate are getting in on the action. Howard Dean, for one, a respected voice on the Left for Healthcare Reform, has also weighed in against it saying, “[H]onestly, the best thing to do right now is kill the Senate bill.”.
Meanwhile, Jane Hamsher of FireDogLake concurs with Dean:
UPDATE: When a Liberal loses Keith Olbermann’s support, he loses a lot.
The thing is, as Howard Dean and others have pointed out, Reid just wants a bill that will get him 60 votes. The content of said bill is really irrelevant as long as it gets him to that magic number and can be called, however loosely, healthcare reform. In short, while it is never fun to be Harry Reid, right now is an especially bad time to be him. I would say he has my sympathies. However, I hate him, and thus I will not.
Acta est fabula.