After Congress recessed, and over the Christmas holiday, I grew tired of posting on the breathless updates on who is sneezing or emitting anal oxide on which aspect of the socialized healthcare issue on any given moment.
But this infuriating article has gotten me back in the game. Argh. Sen. Ben Nelson is such a major putz. From the Fremont Tribune, yesterday:
… 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….
Nelson, who provided the crucial 60th vote to advance the bill toward Senate passage on Dec. 19, has been active ever since trying to explain his actions to Nebraskans. Ads have aired on television and Nelson is making the rounds with the state’s media.
He requested Tuesday’s interview with the Tribune.
“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.
Nelson also said… setting deadlines is often what prompts governments to action….
“In this case, it was so public for so long, with all the anger and all the town hall meetings and all the coverage that this kept getting, that’s why I think everybody’s felt rushed, because they set a number of different deadlines and didn’t meet them. I think it was unwise in retrospect,” he said….
As if Nelson didn’t have everything to do with keeping that arbitrary, unilateral Christmas Eve deadline?
Nelson is now tanking in the polls, in part for the Medicaid deal he struck to buy his vote and in part for betraying pro-lifers. Now, 13 attorneys general are threatening to sue for the “Cornhusker kickback,” which also cost Obama his touted support of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who said in his State of the State address yesterday that NE got the corn and America got the husk in that bribe….
[Nelson photo via The Palmetto Scoop]