Attorney General Jon Bruning recently spoke out about the need to make changes to Social Security and Medicare. So Senator Ben Nelson chatted to the press that, eh, Social Security isn’t really that big a’ deal, and darnit, quit scaring the seniors!
This from the guy who, a scant six years ago, was President Bush’s go-to Democrat to push Social Security changes. Some people want to keep kicking the can down the road, Nelson suggested.
But, since it is election season, well, quit attacking seniors!
And while we were using the Google machine to notice some of Nelson’s old SS statements, we came across this bio of Nelson in the New York Times:
But Democratic leaders have tolerated his departures and worked hard to keep him happy. Their focus is on the fact that he is the only Democrat elected statewide in Nebraska, and that he generally delivers a vote they otherwise would not get.
All the news that’s fit to print!
Nelson’s old buddy, Tony Raimondo seems to be coming through for Nelson right now as well.
The National Association of Manufacturers — of which Tony has been in the leadership — have bought radio ads in Nebraska touting Nellie, and blah blah blah.
Watch it keep gearing up.
The AP did a synopsis on Nelson and his campaign chances.
Nothing really new — boy Nebraska sure is Republican, but Nelson has gotten elected before, but now it’s different, mainly because of the Cornhusker Kickback.
The one thing that sort of cracked us up at the end, was a quote from a “strong Republican” and longtime supporter, John Emery.
Who, if it’s the John Emery we are thinking of, is a very close personal friend of Nelson’s. Which is fine, but that’s the Republican you have to go to to find GOP support for Nelson? What, he doesn’t have an uncle they could have spoken to who has liked Bennie since he was a toddler?
With Leon Panetta apparently going to the Defense Department, that would seem to leave out Chuck Hagel, no?
Well, we have always said he would be better suited for the State Dept gig, but that would be a toughy to swing.
And that’s fine and all, but we are really looking forward to seeing how much lemonade Obama can sell in Times Square with Gary Busey and Latoya Jackson.
Our money is still on Meatloaf though.