You see, Congressional Quarterly published an analysis of Nelson’s voting record showing that he “voted opposite a majority of Senate Democrats 37 percent of the time”.
And from that nugget, Nebraskans are to stoke a little warm bonfire in their tummies knowing that their Senator bucks the system.
And to this we say… BEN NELSON VOTED AGAINST REPUBLICANS 63% OF THE TIME!
Try that on for size. Shouldn’t that be the headline? Or at least a subhead?
We keep on hearing how “conservative” Nelson is. And you can bet your butt buck that was Nelson’s selling point back in 2006.
But as we await Nelson’s 2009 American Conservative Union rating, know what he got in 2008? Sixteen percent.
Compare that to the Chucks, Hagel and Grassley, in 2008, who were 73% and 76% respectively.
And we’re supposed to be excited that Nelson is the least Democrat of the Democrats?
Big fraking deal.
Oh, and buried at the end of Don’s story is the stat that Nelson has voted with President Barack Obama’s legislative agenda NINETY PERCENT of the time.
FYI, Senator Mike Johanns has been with the President 52% of the time.
You can decide on your own who more accurately represents Nebraskans.
But enough with the accolades for Nelson for simply being what he is: a Democrat.