The Cost of Selling Out

Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE), the last Democrat holdout in the Senate who finally provided the sixtieth vote for ObamaCare after giving in to bribery and extortion from the Chicago thugs, is not reaping the rewards he expected for the special gifts he obtained for his state in exchange for selling his  soul  vote to the White House. Apparently his attempt to “bring home the bacon” was just as well received in Nebraska as bacon would have been received at your local mosque. According to Rasmussen:

The good news for Senator Ben Nelson is that he doesn’t have to face Nebraska voters until 2012. If Governor Dave Heineman challenges Nelson for the Senate job, a new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey shows the Republican would get 61% of the vote while Nelson would get just 30%. Nelson was reelected to a second Senate term in 2006 with 64% of the vote. Nelson’s health care vote is clearly dragging his numbers down. Just 17% of Nebraska voters approve of the deal their senator made on Medicaid in exchange for his vote in support of the plan. Overall, 64% oppose the health care legislation, including 53% who are Strongly Opposed. In Nebraska, opposition is even stronger than it is nationally. Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters in the state believe that passage of the legislation will hurt the quality of care, and 62% say it will raise costs.

That’s gotta sting. It also has to remind Nelson (and a whole lot of other Democrats) that they risk losing their seats to support this abomination (which still isn’t law yet, until the ginormous mutant consolidated bill comes out of the House/Senate reconciliation committee). There’s still one more vote to go…

The House and Senate have passed different versions of the health care legislation and now will try to agree on a plan to pass early in 2010. Because every Democratic vote is required to pass the legislation in the Senate, Nelson’s vote is essential. If Nelson votes to block final passage of the health care plan, he would still trail Heineman but would be in a much more competitive situation. When survey respondents were asked how they would vote if Nelson blocks health care reform, 47% still pick Heneman while 37% would vote to keep the incumbent in office. Twenty percent (20%) of those who initially said they’d vote for Heineman say they’d switch to supporting Nelson. Another six percent (6%) of Heineman supporters say they’re not sure what they’d do if Nelson stops the health care plan from becoming law.

It’s still not too late for Nelson (and/or other Democrats) to turn coat and vote against the final bill. Sure, the Democrat Party leadership will be pissed off at them, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t survive with their jobs intact. Look at Joe Lieberman – the far Left wing of the Democratic Party (also known as “the Democratic Party”) pulled out all the stops to defeat him… But he’s still in the Senate, and they still need him to reach that magical filibuster-proof sixty, so he’s still doing fine. Ben and the others need to look at Joe: they can serve their party and damn the country and their consciences, or they can do what’s right and tell Obama, Reid, and Pelosi exactly where to stick 1764 unread sheets of paper.

Nelson is also one of the key players in the discussion about how abortion should be handled in the health care plan. Sixty-five percent (65%) of Nebraska voters say that coverage of abortion should be prohibited in any plan that receives government subsidies. Only six percent (6%) want coverage mandated, while 22% want no requirements either way. Obama earned 42% of the Nebraska vote in 2008, and 38% continue to approve of his job performance. Sixty-one percent (61%) of Nebraska voters disapprove of how the president is performing.

These are the people you’re supposed to be representing, Senator Nelson.

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