By now you’ve most likely seen the OWH poll which showed that only 48% of Nebraskans gave Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson a “favorable rating”. Even less than those, 42%, approved of the job he was doing.
While most of you probably said, “It’s that high?”, Ben Nelson let everyone know what the reason for this is:
Yup, it’s those darn TV ads about health care that have caused Nelson’s woes.
Not his voting for the Health Care bill after withering and wallowing.
Not his betrayal of the Pro-Life groups.
Not the Cornhusker Kickback.
Not his claim that he is listening to Nebraskans on this issue.
Not his inability to recognize that nine out of ten Nebraskans DON’T support him.
Here’s the funny thing about the OWH’s story: They make this little point:
Nelson has been aggressively arguing his case on radio shows and in meetings with newspaper editorial boards. The Nebraska Democratic Party has spent more than $350,000 on a media campaign in support of Nelson.
And that doesn’t even take into account the President’s pulpit and NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN and MSNBC. (Oh, but FOX! FOX!!!)
But at least Nelson has one other staunch defender: the LJS’s Don Walton.
Most of those ads helped fuel anger and fear about health care reform legislation and played a big role in creating the environment that drove down Nelson’s approval numbers in Nebraska after he voted for the bill.
See Nelson as the face on the giant Kool-Aid pitcher and Don drinking a big, red glass-full.
Well, you know what they say: It’s NOT just a river in Egypt…
Here’s a good Q though: If Scott Brown wins, and provides the 41st vote for cloture on the final Health Care re-form bill…does that give cover for Nelson to change his vote?
We’ll be watching tomorrow night with interest.