First a little Separated at Birth for ya. (A little math will be required…)
Donny Osmond, plus Justin Bieber, equals…Bob Kerrey circa 1982!
(MY that is a hair-helmet! As the Dems recall wistfully…)
Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson’s Cornhusker Kickback made an appearance in the United States Supreme Court today!
Nelson probably had no idea that he had written an amicus brief for the Court, but Justice Anonin Scalia got a few digs in on Nelson, mainly to lighten things up. While discussing whether ObamaCare as a whole should be invalidated, if only one part (really talking about the Individual Mandate) is struck down, looking at Congressional intent, Scalia said:
All right. The consequence of your proposition, would Congress have enacted it without this provision, okay that’s the consequence.
That would mean that if we struck down nothing in this legislation but the — what you call the Cornhusker Kickback, okay, we find that to violate the constitutional proscription of venality, okay?
When we strike that down, it’s clear that Congress would not have passed it without that. It was the means of getting the last necessary vote in the Senate. And you are telling us that the whole statute would fall because the Cornhusker Kickback is bad. That can’t be right.
(Venality is defined as, “a vice associated with being bribeable or of selling one’s services or power, especially when one should act justly instead”.)
The court erupted in laughter at Scalia’s proposition. Scalia, along with being brilliant, is also known for enjoying a laugh.
Of course, your liberal Dems are currently sitting there with their arms crossed, just-ate-a-sh*t-covered-lemon look on their face, saying, “The Cornhusker Kickback wasn’t even IN the final bill!” (Missing the joke entirely.)
Remember when that was going to be a two-day story?
If you get a chance to read or listen to the Court transcripts on all of this, it is compelling stuff — if you are into that sort of thing. One thing we found interesting is that as we read, we found all three attorneys, arguing for and against before the court, to be well informed and knowledgeable.
Well, that is before we LISTENED to the testimony of poor Solicitor General Don Verrilli. The guy needs to go to ToastMasters or maybe have a drink or something before going up. Cringeworthy to listen to…here:
Geez, you start to feel bad for the guy.
Until, of course, you realize he is arguing for something unconstitutional…
In case you missed the counter argument from Bob Kerrey’s campaign manager as to why his client dropped 15 points and is down nearly 20 to Jon Bruning, he summed it up, pretty much, as this:
“…uh….cell phones….yeah, but still!”
And, once again, if you are looking for Kerrey tonight, he will be in Washington, D.C. sitting with fellow New Yorker Chuck Schumer, Harry Reid and other fellow liberal Democrats at a $1,000 a person fundraiser.
Welcome back Bob!