Dead Man Walking…

Ever wonder what happens when you loudly proclaim your moral stand on an issue and then sell out your putative values, all whilst in the glare of the national media?


“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.”

It would appear that the other show is dropping and the people of Nebraska have seen Senator Nelson new face and are less than impressed.

And, speaking of his “grand compromise,” what has the nation at large made of his thirty pieces of silver, this “Cornhusker kickback“?

“Republican attorneys general in 13 states say congressional leaders must remove Nebraska’s political deal from the federal health care reform bill or face legal action, according to a letter provided to The Associated Press Wednesday.

“We believe this provision is constitutionally flawed,” South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster and the 12 other attorneys general wrote in the letter to be sent Wednesday night to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

“As chief legal officers of our states we are contemplating a legal challenge to this provision and we ask you to take action to render this challenge unnecessary by striking that provision,” they wrote.”

So, a man sells out his beliefs, or at least his putative beliefs, for other people’s money.  His voters, shockingly, see this as a betrayal, not merely of his own beliefs, but their own as well.  Oh, at that pay-off that he accepted in their names may well prove to be less than Constitutional.

Good thing that Ben’s re-election isn’t for a couple of year, now isn’t it?

Well, at least for Ben…