Ben Nelson's gotta be kidding: It was a "mistake" to push healthcare?

Ben Nelson call off the dogs.pngAfter 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]


I don't know if you saw my post on your FB the other day, Jill, but all his recent public statements indicate that if we keep putting the pressure to this guy, he will eventually fold like a cheap trash bag (metaphor intended). The Senate still needs his vote to get any reconciled bill to the president.

Posted by: Tom Ambrose at January 7, 2010 8:39 AM

He is under enormous backlash here. Yes, it would have been nice if you would have resisted the rush to Christmas as he had been telling Nebraskans and the nation that he was on his own timetable, not Harry Reid's. Believe me, I was banking on that statement he kept repeating. It's also why, even though he was in negotiations with Reid & Co. from that Wed through Friday, I thought he would hold firm against being the 60th vote without Stupak. Precisely because he had been stating that he "wanted to get it right, not rushed." As Tom points out, there are still opportunities for Sen. Nelson to stop this train. Let's pray that he will.

Posted by: Julie Schmit-Albin at January 7, 2010 9:07 AM

Both previous posts make good points. I have to wonder if Nelson is trying a little face saving backpeddling here. The man can't admit he was wrong so we'll do the next best thing, blame someone else. I also have to wonder if he's having second thoughts and looking for a "reason" to "change his mind". I'm convinced his mind is being changed for him by his constiuents, an impending lawsuit by the attorneys general of other states, and his own governor.

Posted by: Mary at January 7, 2010 10:40 AM

To: Senator Nelson.

From: Nancy Reagan.

Re: Obamacare.

Just say NO!

Posted by: Gerard Nadal at January 7, 2010 11:02 AM

I am not normally prone to violence, but I would just like to slap Nelson silly. Do politicians immediately transform into imbeciles when they get into office or are they born that way?

Posted by: Jean at January 7, 2010 2:39 PM