Nebraska Right to Life must have decided that they were tired of giving their endorsement to everyone who took pro-life positions. Instead when an incumbent in a race is pro-life, then he or she gets the endorsement, no matter what position or voting history the challenger has.
NRL first did this in the governor’s race endorsing incumbent Governor Dave Heineman, to the pique of Rep. Tom Osborne who had a very strong pro-life voting record in the House. Now NRL has given their endorsement to Senator Earl Ben Nelson (Nelson receives sole endorsement by Nebraska Right to Life – OWH – 7/15/06). They’ve said this is a reward to Nelson for his support of Justices Alito and Roberts, etc.
Granted, Nelson has a pretty solid voting pro-life voting record in the Senate. Nonetheless, their endorsement is one of the more short-sighted positions they could have taken.
And Leavenworth is going to keep delivering this message until Nebraska conservatives and Republicans get it: Ben Nelson will support the Democrat majority in the Senate. It is not unlikely that he could be the difference in a 51-49 Democrat majority. If it doesn’t happen in the 2006 cycle, it very well could in 2008. And should the Dems take over the Senate there would not BE any votes on an Alito or a Roberts because they would not make it out of committee.
All of Nelson’s other positions take a back seat to the fact that he would support a Democrat controlled Senate. That’s why Democrats can stomach his candidacy and his positions that are almost diametrically opposed to their platform.
And that is the main reason that conservatives and Republicans and Pro-Lifers should oppose him.