Bad Nelson, Bayh, and Lincoln Objectively Pro-Cornhusker Kickback
Thus far today, Ben Nelson, Evan Bayh, and Blache Lincoln have come out against passing health care reform through sidecar reconciliation.
Of course that means they’re defending all the corrupt aspects of the Senate bill that proved to be so unpopular in MA, starting with the Cornhusker Kickback (and including the Louisiana Purchase that similarly bought off Mary Landrieu). And they’ve flip-flopped on their earlier demands that such corrupt deals be removed from the bill.
Mind you, I can’t say I’m surprised that Bad Nelson and Blanche and Bayh can’t decide whether they want to keep or lose their personal bribes. Just that if anyone should be labeled a monster, it’s probably the folks so diligently protecting the stuff that voters say, overwhelmingly, they despise.
All I can say is that I am beyond disgusted in Nelson…and disgusted with any of my neighbors who might “support” his behavior of late. I think Nebraskans just get excited to see the state’s name in the head lines. At any rate, I have written letter after letter, I have signed every thing I can. I have called. To no avail…he believes his press, and he believes the state is behind him.
I could move to IA…which is better in a few ways…my husband would like that…moving to IA.
Here’s a bit of a nudge in that direction: Harkin saying “no” to Helicopter Ben.
Well, Loess hills, here we come!!!
Fuck it. They should go for Clown Car reconciliation.
If they go with side car reconciliation, what is the list of thing in the Senate bill they would most likely modify by amendment and what things would they leave untouched? I haven’t been folowing the debate about what the house finds “unacceptable” and the senate has identified as a “must have.”
…assuming the approach is to change the Senate Bill to make it passable in both houses (as opposed to making the house bill viable in the Senate.)
“Just that if anyone should be labeled a monster, it’s probably the folks so diligently protecting the stuff that voters say, overwhelmingly, they despise.”
-nods- Agreed. Fucking monsters…
Well said, emptywheel.
Given that Nelson and his wheeling/dealing for Nebraska is a hugely prevalent topic in the right wing emailers that all my extended family (and me for that matter – somehow I’m on Cornyn’s mailing list??) get, to the extent Obama wants to woo any conservatives over, aligning himself with Ben Nelson is a huge loser.
OT – but I haven’t really found Froomkin that much/that easily since his move, but the piece he put up 1-24 here is really good (in a depressing way) and it links to several pieces at Nieman Watchdog by Hanrahan (I haven’t gotten through most of them -I skipped to the ones on the need for a second stimulus) that look like they will be pretty good as well.
Totally OT – I hadn’t seen these latest documents over at the ACLU (I must be slipping *g*):
Torture Documents Released 1/15/2010
Like this one from somebody called David Addington: Email Regarding John Yoo Editorial in the Los Angeles Times (7/6/2004) (3 page PDF)
And btw, this now confirms that at least David Addington in the OVP did indeed have a White House email account ([email protected]).
With the blessing of the FSM Lincoln, Bayh, and Reid will be gone after this November.
So – let me get this straight – Spending Freeze Bayh wants to keep his earmarks?
Sort of OT: Have people seen the article about how Abramoff got the whistle blown on him? In keeping with the spirit of this day, one could call this terrific story a “moron” ‘s revenge:
It takes 60 votes to do anything for the people, and 50 votes to enact the agenda of the conservative movement or to impose another term for Bernanke on us. It is in the Constitution (or so I understand.)
The GOP does sell the idea that 60 votes are needed for anything other than tax cuts – but the history is different – 23 times in 21 years budget recon has been used for changes that were not exclusively tax changes – there was “policy” via program changes.
The Balanced Budget Act of 1997, (Pub.L. 105-33, 111 Stat. 251), was signed into law on August 5, 1997. It was an omnibus legislative package enacted using the budget reconciliation process and designed to balance the federal budget by 2002. Among many other things, the Act contained major Medicare changes.
It also contained SCHIP – State Children’s Health Insurance Program – which was then passed as an expansion under Title XXI of the Social Security Act and signed into law by Bill Clinton as part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 – to take effect the following month following the August 5, 1997 signing. The method of passage meant it had to renewed in 2007 and Bush signed an extension to March 31, 2009 in Dec 2007. In Feb 2009 the progran was reauthorized through 2013.
To paraphrase Natalie Maines: ““Just so you know, we’re ashamed the
presidentsenator… is from TexasNebraska.”
As Think Progress noted today, Nelson had no problem voting for 4 of the 5 bills passed via reconciliation since he came into office in 2001 “including Bush’s tax cuts for the super-wealthy.”
David Dayen is upstairs!
Harkin To Vote Against Bernanke – Did He Read Merkley’s Letter?
I just heard on Tweety (why I listened I have no idea–I turned the TV on and MSNBC just came up) that Mike Pence has announced he will not run against Bayh. Why would the Republicans run another candidate when they already own that seat? Bayh should get the wolf in sheep’s clothing award, ad infinitum.
Well, we won’t have Blanche Lincoln to complain about after November- she’s about as popular as leprosy. I just hope we can take her out in the primary. Nelson has about worn out his welcome in NE, too, but Bayh has a clear field in IN. I think I’d rather have a real GOPer in that seat than Bayh, though. Birch Bayh must be turning in his grave watching what Evan is doing.
I ran across what seemed, on the face of it, a contradiction in
The nelson storyline.
The goldstein report seems to say that nelson did not ask for “Medicaid forever” payments.
That deal was OFFERED to him.
True? I don’t know.
Then a nytimes/ap report/1-20-10
Involved sen landrieu and Medicaid, apparently a big problem in that state for governing repubs and dems.
Were nelson, landrieu, and maybe Lincoln(though
I have read nothing about her re this issue)
Demanding to be paid for their vote or
just using their infrequently available clout (re health care , but remember the “60 votes or die” was a sham)
to get something for their poor states?
A derivative question is:
whether the white house just pulled out a wad of Medicare/Medicaid bills and started handing them out to voters – Chicago style?
One thing’s for sure, this health
“Reform” effort that has taken a year and produced nothing,
nothing that is except contempt for a once popular president,
That, to me, Is to an indication of a remarkably politically incompent whitehouse operation.
I cannot stress enough, just how important it is that these Senators don’t win re-election. The Democratic Party will never move forward if we keep electing the same old politicians that keep voting against their own party.
I am asking all the viewers of this post to help see that the following Senators are voted out of office on their next election. The way we do this, is by spreading the word through viewer comments on posts throughout the internet on news sites and blogs. Keep posting their names and date when their up for re-election. We can do this so please help. We can’t keep re-electing the same people over and over again and expect a different result.
1. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas in 2010
2. Evan Bayh of Indiana in 2010
3. Ben Nelson of Nebraska in 2012
4. Kent Conrad of North Dakota in 2012
5. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut in 2012
6. Bill Nelson of Florida in 2012
7. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana in 2014
8. Max Baucus of Montana in 2014
These Senators more than any other have consistently voted against their own party and with the Republicans on legislation going through the Senate. These Senators are the main reason Health Care Reform turned into such a bad bill no one in their right mind could support it. These Senators with the help of Republicans water down, added amendments and stretched out and stalled the Health bill in order for it to fail.
The House and Senate have already voted for the bill (in particular Lincoln, Nelson and Bayh) and to vote against something after already voting for it just looks spineless and hypocritical. Repubs will criticize Dems running for re-election in 2010 no matter what they do on health care.