We keep reading, via our news service, that Republicans are trying to get Ben Nelson to switch parties.
We just don’t see it.
Not that Republicans won’t try. But we just don’t see someone like Nelson switching parties.
Of course it could only come about if Republicans could wrest control of the Senate. But even then, what does it do? It would simply force the President to bust out his veto pen more often.
In the mean time, what would it do for Nelson?
We highly doubt it would affect Jon Bruning’s plans to take him on — a’la Arlen Specter’s intra-party defeat in Pennsylvania. We don’t see Nebraska Republicans suddenly embracing Ben Nelson.
And in any case, there are now rumblings that Democrats might award Nelson Chairmanship of the Ag Committee as a gift for staying a Democrat.
Which really would be the Nelson M.O. Straddle the fence, being coy to each side, until one or the other tries to buy you off.
Nelson mouthman, Jake Thompson said that Nelson “has no interest in changing parties. He is and always will be an independent voice for Nebraska.”
Uh…Nelson is an “Independent” now, Jake? What does your statement have to do with switching parties?
Come January, we still expect to see Nelson with a (D) next to his name.
And not an R…or an I.
Though there are now stories that Nelson may cave and back some of the Republican plans to repeal some of the Health Care legislation.
Of course this is comical for any number of reasons. But it would, or could, indicate that Nelson is more serious about running in 2012 than anything else.
If he’s not running, why bother?
If he is, he will never be able to buy himself cover, but we can see him try.
So Chuck Hagel thinks two years is too short a time to judge the President?
Funny how Hagel was OK judging Pennsylvania U.S. Senate candidate — and Senator-elect — Pat Toomey, opting to endorse his Democrat opponent Joe Sestak.
Oh, but Hagel doesn’t have a chance of being in Toomey’s cabinet…
Some recallers think their numbers are a slam-dunk right now. Though we doubt they would be spending their cash on circulators if they didn’t have to. Could be close.
Keep it going Huskers!