Democrat Senator Ben Nelson took the time to respond to his critics today — this time via the “Letters to the Editor” section of the LJS.
Nelson is still — STILL — trying to wash the stench of the Cornhusker Kickback off his lapels.
It’s not working.
This time Nelson tries to make some sort of argument that those mean GOPers intentionally tried to tarnish the good name of the University of Nebraska athletics with the sobriquet, “Cornhusker Kickback.”
Well here are two items to consider:
1) It’s the Cornhusker Kickback. Not the University of Nebraska Kickback.
It’s all in the word, “Kickback”. Aliteration, you see.
If it were about nunchucks, it would have been Nebraska Nunchucks.
2) Of course the REAL issue of the Cornhusker Kickback — the $100 million in Medicaid funding exclusively for Nebraska that was in the original deal — was neatly summarized by Greta Van Susteren (that we will cut and past from our previous analysis):
Greta: “When was the first time you heard…that Nebraska would get … a $100 million provision?”
Nelson: “Probably during the discussions on how we would get an opt-out.”
Greta: “Who came up with the idea that $100 million would go to Nebraska? Was that your idea?
Nelson: I think it was the idea — someone’s idea to put it in.
Nelson: There were various people involved at various times.”
Greta: “Is (Majority Leader) Senator Harry Reid wrong when he says you wanted this (the Cornhusker Kickback), that you got it for yourself?”
Nelson: “I don’t know what he means by ‘got it for myself'”.
Greta: “Whose idea was it for the $100 million? … By whom?”
Nelson: “I didn’t draw the bill so I don’t know the answer.”
Now keep in mind that during the rest of the interview Nelson was pulling out quotes and floor statements and articles (hence the reading glasses), and was trying to be as specific as possible.
But…not on the CRUX of the Cornhusker Kickback.
Not on the $100 million.
Not on who asked for it or who came up with it.
Now you can draw your own conclusions on this.
So who came up with Cornhusker Kickback that embarrased Nebraskans and angered the rest of the country?
Who do you think? (Hint: He likes to write Letters to the Editor.)
So 3rd District Congressman Adrian Smith has a second opponent — Independent Dan Hill.
Well, we think he’s an “I” anyway.
See, we purviewed some of the signatures Mr. Hill sent in, and on 8/25/10 a certain “Scott Kleeb” of Hastings signed on .
Now why would Kleeb, the former (losing) Democrat nominee for both the House and Senate want Mr. Hill’s name on the ballot?
Hmm…could it be so that Smith’s vote is split?
Would there be such a…purely political reason behind Senor Kleeb’s signature?
Gee, imagine that.
Oh, and someone had brought this up a while back, so we thought we’d state the facts, in case you were wondering:
Congressman Smith’s voting percentages rank him 30th out of the 435 Members in the House of Representatives for the 111th Congress (according to the Washington Post).
And, also, Smith just earned National Right to Life’s sole endorsement for the 3rd District race.
Remember to take a moment out of your day tomorrow to remember those who perished on September 11, 2001 and those who continue to fight for our freedom.
Happy weekend and Go Huskers!