Which was convenient.
Because we remember that immediately after Nelson signed on as the deciding vote for ObamaCare and signed off on the Cornhusker Kickback, the DSCC started running ads on Nelson’s behalf during the Husker’s bowl game. In the end the DSCC spent around $1.5 million on TV for Nelson in Nebraska — described as issue ads, as opposed to Nelson campaign ads.
Many Dems were angry (how about choo get back to us when you’re NOT angry, Dems) that the money had been spent on Nelson, then he went and dropped out of the race. Well, now Nelson is paying the DSCC back, and Nelson’s cash can be funneled to Bob Kerrey’s camp, via the DSCC. It’s like one big revolving cash waterfall, yeah? Nelson notes that they will be “making other refunds” and see what they have left for the DSCC.
Interesting way to put it since, again, all along the claim was that these were not “campaign” expenditures.
The NEGOP’s Mark Fahleson asked,
“Is this part of the secret deal Bob Kerrey admitted making to get him to enter the Senate race – a deal that Sen. Harry Reid now denies? What else was part of the deal, and what role did Sen. Ben Nelson play in all of this?”
Interesting questions all, Mark. Though we would suggest that you’re better off yelling into a desk fan out in the middle of a field in Keya Paha County, than hoping that the press will…press…Kerrey or Reid or Nelson on this.
And remember how when Big Apple Bob (nee Cosmic Bob) bragged that he made a deal with Harry Reid and that he made said deal only because it was “for the benefit of Nebraskans”.
Well, maybe Bob or Paul Johnson or an intrepid member of the media will ask Senator Arlen Specter about promises from Harry Reid, particularly regarding Senate seniority.
In a new book, Poltiico notes that Specter says that…
“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid did not uphold his promise to grant him seniority accrued over 28 years of service in the Senate as a Republican (after Specter became a Democrat).
“Specter believes that Reid acted with “duplicity” while managing the party switch. Specter said Reid promised him that he would be recognized on the seniority list as a Democrat elected in 1980 but failed to deliver it.”
Now, we have already seen that Reid denies making any promise to Kerrey.
So to quote that ubiquitous phrase in his ad, Welcome back (to politics) Bob! Getting duped already, yeah? Let us know when you change your mind, again.
To close out the coverage from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender vote issues yesterday, we stand by our original info and source when told that Franklin Thompson was going to vote “Yes” on the ordinance. We received an irate response from one supporter who was not happy that we posted that before Thompson voted.
Be that as it may, Thompson’s behavior during the pre-vote discussion was…interesting to say the least. First Thompson asked for more information about the poll that was taken by Democrat operatives in favor of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender ordinance. But no matter who took the poll, we were a bit alarmed that immediately prior to the vote, Thompson was asking publicly, “Which way does the wind blow?” This sort of vote seems to be based on the language of the ordinance, and then on one’s personal positions regarding the issue as a whole. Yet Thompson wanted to find out more about a poll?
And then there was that little matter that it was a bogus, party driven, unevenly weighted, and admittedly one-sided, bullshit poll. So, REALLY Councilman Thompson? THAT was what you wanted more info on?
Follow that with the fact that Thompson was willing to vote Yes, if his amendment to take out the “appearance of Transgender” part was accepted, and we think we were pretty on-track — not to mention that our info was that Thompson was telling certain people before the vote what he had decided.
But such is the back and forth in political life. Thompson’s vote wasn’t needed in the end, and that may have made a difference as well. Or maybe not. But after all that, Thompson will no doubt have some explaining to do to constituents who care to ask.
We have heard from politicos who are ready to put this issue on the 2013 ballot as quickly as they can. But we would just offer a word of caution: if the failed Mayoral recall taught us anything, it is that an unorganized, splintered, leaderless group will get you nowhere. Especially when you are facing a well-organized group, who frankly will be snarling about this issue.
As we noted before, it has the potential to offer full employment for local politicos. (And maybe that is part of the problem.)
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