New Ben Nelson ad: No, seriously, I voted for ObamaCare because it’s an awesome bill

posted at 4:49 pm on December 30, 2009 by Allahpundit

As you read this, bear in mind that this guy isn’t up for reelection until 2012. Two years out from having to defend his vote and already he’s doing damage control over it. That’s how worried he is. And he should be.

When he says he “took a common-sense approach,” is “common-sense approach” code for kickback?

“With all the distortions about health care reform, I want you to hear directly from me,” the Democratic senator says in the ad, according to the Lincoln Journal Star newspaper.

Wearing a more casual open-necked shirt and sweater, Nelson will say during the Nebraska-University of Arizona football game: “I listened to you and took a common-sense approach to improve the bill.”

“Now it lowers costs for families and small business, protects Medicare, finally guarantees coverage for pre-existing conditions and reduces the deficit. And it’s not run by the government,” he will say. “I’m convinced this is right for Nebraska.”

Oddly, the ad appears to make no attempt to respond to the biggest criticism — that Nelson worked with Senate Leader Harry Reid to include language in the health care bill that funds abortions.

Current disapproval rating for ObamaCare in Nebraska: 64 percent. I wish I could give you the clip, but alas, it’s not out yet. In lieu of that, enjoy the fun spot below cooked up by dopey liberals who can’t quite accept that the votes aren’t there for the public option and now prefer to dump on The One and wreck the bill to sate their outrage. Exit question: To show you just how toxic ObamaCare is, try to guess which hardcore tea-partyin’ wingnut said the following.

The landmark health care bill passed last week by the U.S. Senate but opposed by every Republican senator was written behind closed doors, riddled with sweetheart deals and does little to rein in insurance costs, according to [X].

“Other than that, it’s a great bill,” [X] said Tuesday during a speech to the Rotary Club…

Hint: It ain’t Jim DeMint.


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If you lose one of the Hag Twins of Maine, you know your bill is royally @%#’ed up.

Enoxo on December 30, 2009 at 4:52 PM

Hint: It ain’t Jim DeMint.

shocka!

cmsinaz on December 30, 2009 at 4:54 PM

LMAO.

Jaibones on December 30, 2009 at 4:54 PM

Ben Nelson is a loser!

patch on December 30, 2009 at 4:54 PM

Ben ought to join Max at the bar.

mesquito on December 30, 2009 at 4:54 PM

Ben Nelson meet Michael Bennet. Only difference? Ritter will be jobless two years earlier than you.

ieplaya on December 30, 2009 at 4:55 PM

benny better take a nice long look outside his DC window…these next 2 yrs are gonna be painful…

cmsinaz on December 30, 2009 at 4:55 PM

You lie!

rbj on December 30, 2009 at 4:56 PM

Remember a public option will provide more competition just like AMTRAK provideds more competition uhm I mean the Post Office provides more competition Thats right FedEx and UPS came after the USPS, because it could not fill the need for which it was created. These people have no concept of how business works.

cobrakai99 on December 30, 2009 at 4:56 PM

If you lose one of the Hag Twins of Maine, you know your bill is royally @%#’ed up.

Enoxo on December 30, 2009 at 4:52 PM

And if you lose both of them… you may have just brought in Armageddon.

MobileVideoEngineer on December 30, 2009 at 4:56 PM

…and Ben Nelson is a lying crook.

cobrakai99 on December 30, 2009 at 4:57 PM

Ben Nelson meet Michael Bennet. Only difference? Ritter Bennet will be jobless two years earlier than you.

ieplaya on December 30, 2009 at 4:57 PM

Someone in Nebraska, please enlighten us: Can Nebraska recall this guy? Is it in the state constitution? If they hop to it, they can get him on a ballot in June 2010.

kurtzz3 on December 30, 2009 at 4:57 PM

To show you just how toxic the bill is, try to guess which hardcore tea-partyin’ wingnut said the following.

Wooo-Whooo! I guessed the Maine sisters. Does McConnell deserve any Kudoos for keeping these two on board? I do.

WashJeff on December 30, 2009 at 4:58 PM

1) Nationalize the election and support candidates that run against the worst House and Senatorial incumbents, irrespective of district or State.

1) Trow the bums out
3) Enact term limits
4) Reduce Congressional compensation,perks and retirement packages

R Square on December 30, 2009 at 5:00 PM

lol tooool

blatantblue on December 30, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Congressional retirement packages

R Square on December 30, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Will be paid out from funds when annual budget surpluses are realized.

WashJeff on December 30, 2009 at 5:05 PM

kurtzz3 on December 30, 2009 at 4:57 PM

Sorry, no.

I saw the commercial today and there is no way Nelson will be re-elected in 2012 if he runs, because Nebraska is puttin’ the heat on him. Ol’ Ben will be glad to get back to D.C. after his Christmas vacation here in Nebraska.

yoda on December 30, 2009 at 5:07 PM

Damn, guy. Desperate much? Your constituents don’t effing want it, how hard is that to understand? All the cheesecake commercials in the world talking about “regular folks” and “working families” and “small businesses” and any other cliched political busswords arent’t going to change that. Look at the bright side–your such a genius that maybe NASA will recruit you after Nebraskans fire you in 2012.

Kataklysmic on December 30, 2009 at 5:08 PM

Never trust a man with a combover.

txag92 on December 30, 2009 at 5:10 PM

Ben,

You are FIRED!!!

RealMc on December 30, 2009 at 5:13 PM

Further question for Nebraskans:

If you can’t recall this guy before his term is up, wouldn’t it be cool to have an official “Vote of No Confidence” initiative.

“Hey, Ben! I don’t know what state you claim to represent back there in D.C., but is sure ain’t US!”

That would really cut him off at the knees.

kurtzz3 on December 30, 2009 at 5:13 PM

Can he explain how raising taxes, raising premiums, taxing premiums, taxing medical devices, and limiting choices and limiting treatment is awesome?

Blake on December 30, 2009 at 5:14 PM

Wow!! Nelson has become the poster child for the fate of pols who don’t listen to their folks. Way to go Nebraskans!!

jeanie on December 30, 2009 at 5:16 PM

New Ben Nelson ad: No, seriously, I voted for ObamaCare because it’s an awesome bill

I dunno. I suppose John Kerry could have married Theresa for her awesome looks too.

MB4 on December 30, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Can he explain how raising taxes, raising premiums, taxing premiums, taxing medical devices, and limiting choices and limiting treatment is awesome?

Blake on December 30, 2009 at 5:14 PM

Simple. Just believe the liar in chief when he says it will lower taxes, lower premiums, not tax the middle class and improve choice and treatments.

pedestrian on December 30, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Maybe we should just call it a “common-cents approach”. Lots and lots of “cents” went into buying his vote.

kcarpenter on December 30, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Now that you splained it should we be thanking you.

rjoco1 on December 30, 2009 at 5:21 PM

The bill is designed to collapse the system. Worse is better.

Here’s a good pdf from Heritage on the major provisions:

http://blog.heritage.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/timeline_chart.pdf

This is not “nudge” it is “shove”…by 2019 people will be clamoring for change, and Left will say, we told you. Now put all the Doc/Nurses on the Government Payroll (unionized) like we’ve been saying for 60 years.

We will take care of you from cradle to grave (wink, wink, shove, shove)

r keller on December 30, 2009 at 5:21 PM

Possibly wrong, but I read or heard somewhere that the voters can petition for special elections if they don’t like the guy/gal in office. Someone who knows, please clarify.

jeanie on December 30, 2009 at 5:21 PM

Woo hoo! The Boss is on Glenn Beck Show right now talking with Eric whats’ his name.

Intrepid on December 30, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Pay attention, Claire McCaskill.

SouthernGent on December 30, 2009 at 5:26 PM

Ben Nelson: American Judas.

AW1 Tim on December 30, 2009 at 5:28 PM

Fantasy Talking Point A: “Now it lowers costs for families and small business,

By forcing them to buy insurance, and to buy it for a lot of conditions for which they may not want or need coverage;

Fantasy Talking Point B: protects Medicare,

by promising to cut Medicare spending by half a Trillion dollars (which will never actually happen, BTW);

Fantasy Talking Point C: finally guarantees coverage for pre-existing conditions

which is how Congress is going to insure that health insurers don’t raise costs on individuals and small businesses — by requiring them all to cover pre-existing conditions (which will of course raise insurers’ costs, and they will then pass on those higher costs to consumers by raising premiums — but that will somehow magically lower costs for individuals and small businesses (see Fantasy Talking Point “A,” above).

and, Fantasy Talking Point D: reduces the deficit

if you live in CBO Fantasy Land where you get to calculate the impact on the federal deficit of 6 years’ worth of spending based on 10 years’ worth of taxes (plus imaginary but never-to-be-realized “projected” savings and Medicare cuts), and you get to ignore the crippling impact of shifting the burden of increased Medicaid spending onto the states;

Fantasy Talking Point E: And it’s not run by the government,”

but it will be as soon as the private insurers go out of busines, which will happen within a few years of this POS legislation going into effect.

But other than those few minor problems, it’s really a great plan, right Ben?

AZCoyote on December 30, 2009 at 5:30 PM

He DIDN’T listen. If he did he’d have voted against the bill.

DerKrieger on December 30, 2009 at 5:31 PM

May this ad of his end up blowing up right in his kisser!

Nelson is so toast in 2012!

pilamaye on December 30, 2009 at 5:31 PM

“took a common-sense approach,”

I know I’m just an ignorant hick from Indiana so please help me: does this phrase mean something different in Washington?

Tommy_G on December 30, 2009 at 5:32 PM

You won’t believe this, but that hair is real.

What does Rush say? Something about a 7″ part in the hair.

PappaMac on December 30, 2009 at 5:32 PM

Someone in Nebraska, please enlighten us: Can Nebraska recall this guy? Is it in the state constitution? If they hop to it, they can get him on a ballot in June 2010.

kurtzz3 on December 30, 2009 at 4:57 PM

Nope, no recall of federally elected officials. Cannot recall President, VP, Senator or Representative can be tossed from office by the people in their state.

However, a member can be expelled from office, but that requires a 3/4 vote in the House and the Senate.

What are the chances of that happening?

kcarpenter on December 30, 2009 at 5:33 PM

Keep talking ben, the more you talk the more your poll goes down. A bit like our bho.
L

letget on December 30, 2009 at 5:34 PM

“I listened to you

Did he really listen? Then why does he have to run an ad nearly three years before his next election?

Better start listenin’, Ben! That’s why the Good Lord gave you two ears and only one mouth!

Everybody should root for Arizona, so that Nebraskans will turn off the tube and not be subjected to this cr@p!

Steve Z on December 30, 2009 at 5:35 PM

I think Nelson and everyone else in Washington is starting to understand that we are watching them now…

Seven Percent Solution on December 30, 2009 at 5:36 PM

I don’t think Ben realizes that he is betting his grandchildrens futures on this.

PappaMac on December 30, 2009 at 5:36 PM

Woo hoo! The Boss is on Glenn Beck Show right now talking with Eric whats’ his name.

Intrepid on December 30, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Holder? That could get REAL interesting!

Steve Z on December 30, 2009 at 5:37 PM

Chicken hearted thief…He doesn’t mind stealing from me in South Carolina to pay for what Nebraskans receive in Medicaid…

Nozzle on December 30, 2009 at 5:38 PM

Pay attention, Claire McCaskill.

SouthernGent on December 30, 2009 at 5:26 PM

Word to Evan Bayh – better hope Mitch Daniels doesn’t want to be a Senator.

Jaibones on December 30, 2009 at 5:39 PM

Ben “Ptoooie” Nelson wants me to believe that over 2,000 pages of bill is sooooo great that it can be condensed down to a 30 second commercial. And in those 30 seconds he gives us 5 reasons why he voted for the bill. Seems to me the bill shouldn’t be any more than 20 pages long.

PappaMac on December 30, 2009 at 5:41 PM

Pay attention, Claire McCaskill.

SouthernGent on December 30, 2009 at 5:26 PM

From a Missouri gal, trust me, Claire is in deep doo-doo (but also isn’t up again until 2012…must work really hard against Russ Carnahan for congress next year, and sister Robyn running for Sen. Bond’s seat against Roy Blount.

Also, as much as I’d love to believe these creeps would cave under our pressure, President Azzclown and his crackerjack cabinet will continue to buy them off with plum appointments after they’re defeated, and they will continue to bend over an grab their ankles…these people have no souls!
BUT, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep the heat on. At some point, the illegal bribes will be too much for even the justice dept. to ignore. (Ok, Ok, leave me my dreams, willya?!)

Chewy the Lab on December 30, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Well whoever runs against him won’t have to pay for making a new commercial all they will have to do is play this one, after people see the results from this piece of crap and no benefits to show.

Brat4life on December 30, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Dude looks like Fred Flinstone does he not….with a very bad rug…

winston on December 30, 2009 at 5:46 PM

P.O.S.

stenwin77 on December 30, 2009 at 5:46 PM

Isn’t Ben’s ad supposed to run during the upcoming bowl game? I hope they play it on the screen in the stadium – I’d love to hear all those boos!

Intrepid on December 30, 2009 at 5:47 PM

As we say in the south…Sen. Nelson is boxed in like a possum’s pecker.

Gulfcoastconservative on December 30, 2009 at 5:50 PM

This guy is showing everyone just how stupid most members of congress think the American people are.Sen.Nelson a word to you and the rest of fools up there.This is not 1975 we are hip to you and the rest of the lying scum in congress.My advice to you and a lot more of congress people learn a new trade your going to need it.

thmcbb on December 30, 2009 at 5:52 PM

Wearing a more casual open-necked shirt and sweater, Nelson …

… will do his best impression of SCTV’s John Candy as Tommy Shanks, the corrupt Mayor of Melonville.

ya2daup on December 30, 2009 at 5:53 PM

Keep f*cking that chicken, Senator.

bloviator on December 30, 2009 at 5:53 PM

Isn’t Ben’s ad supposed to run during the upcoming bowl game? I hope they play it on the screen in the stadium – I’d love to hear all those boos!

Intrepid on December 30, 2009 at 5:47 PM

The Holiday Bowl, already on (started at 5:00 PM EST)

ya2daup on December 30, 2009 at 5:56 PM

Sen. Nelson is boxed in like a possum’s pecker.

Gulfcoastconservative on December 30, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Not sure I understand it, but I like it.

PappaMac on December 30, 2009 at 5:59 PM

From Ed’s post on Dec 5th:

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) sparked a fresh round of concern this week when he repeatedly and definitively vowed to filibuster the health care legislation unless it included abortion restrictions as tough as the so-called Stupak amendment in the House bill.

“I don’t ordinarily draw a line in the sand, but I have drawn a line in the sand,” Nelson said Friday.

Okay – Nelson has made it as plain as he can that his morality(?) is for sale he has absolutely no principles

There is nothing more to discuss concerning this dreg – except the slap in the face of Nebraskans:

“I listened to you and took a common-sense approach to improve the bill.”

There’s your line in the sand for all you Cornhuskers!

Oopsdaisy on December 30, 2009 at 6:01 PM

This is partially our fault for not holding these poop birds accountable for years. I think they are about to be surprised that everything isn’t going to stay “business as usual”.

Gulfcoastconservative on December 30, 2009 at 6:01 PM

pappamac, It is an old southern colloquialism for someone stuck in a lose-lose situation.

Gulfcoastconservative on December 30, 2009 at 6:04 PM

“took a bribe common-sense approach,”
I know I’m just an ignorant hick from Indiana so please help me: does this phrase mean something different in Washington?

Tommy_G on December 30, 2009 at 5:32 PM

Is that clearer? It is to me!

ya2daup on December 30, 2009 at 6:05 PM

There’s your line in the sand for all you Cornhuskers!

Oopsdaisy on December 30, 2009 at 6:01 PM

His line in the sand got buried under a blizzard of cash… could happen to anyone.

ya2daup on December 30, 2009 at 6:07 PM

His line in the sand got buried under a blizzard of cash… could happen to anyone.

ya2daup on December 30, 2009 at 6:07 PM

NO!!!! It would not happen to a person of integrity….and there is the difference.

PappaMac on December 30, 2009 at 6:09 PM

Everybody should root for Arizona, so that Nebraskans will turn off the tube and not be subjected to this cr@p!

Steve Z on December 30, 2009 at 5:35 PM

I, for one, would welcome a viewing of Ben “Line in the Sand” Nelson’s ad if Ed or Allahpundit could obtain a copy of it and post it here.

ya2daup on December 30, 2009 at 6:10 PM

Should one use a Blue Rope to lynch a Blue Dog?

Think I might need to add a stockpile of blue die to my hemp farm!

You bring the tar and feathers I’ll bring the Blue Rope?

dhunter on December 30, 2009 at 6:10 PM

PappaMac on December 30, 2009 at 6:09 PM

Ummm… I happen to agree with you; should have posted with the /sarc tag.

ya2daup on December 30, 2009 at 6:12 PM

Speaking of TV ads, the R candidate for the Mass senate seat, Scott Brown, has a very clever ad (invoking JFK no less!) that will be sure to tweak the left.

Check it out

commodore on December 30, 2009 at 6:12 PM

Everybody should root for Arizona, so that Nebraskans will turn off the tube and not be subjected to this cr@p!

Steve Z on December 30, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Nebraska petitioned the NCAA for 5 downs, taking one from their opponents who now only get 3.

This in an effort to be sure the Cornhuskers have a shot at whining, I mean Winning!

dhunter on December 30, 2009 at 6:13 PM

Ben Nelson’s next public appearance should be remembered as the first where a public official was pelted with ears of corn.

Dark-Star on December 30, 2009 at 6:17 PM

commodore on December 30, 2009 at 6:12 PM

All right tomorrow I”m sendin this guy a contribution. How cool would it be if the New Senator that replaced Drunken Ted cast the vote puttin the nail in the coffin of healthscare!

The lack of RNC support makes me wonder if they would rather give us crappy care so they have something to run one in 2010 I preferr to KILL THE BILL!

dhunter on December 30, 2009 at 6:17 PM

I love that picture, makes him look like a character out of the Simpsons. Must be Bart’s uncle Homie.

ClanDerson on December 30, 2009 at 6:24 PM

His line in the sand got buried under a blizzard of cash… could happen to anyone.
ya2daup on December 30, 2009 at 6:07 PM

NO!!!! It would not happen to a person of integrity….and there is the difference.
PappaMac on December 30, 2009 at 6:09 PM

My point in my post Pappa – I used the term “no principles” – I think “no integrity” is just as valid – and I should have used it – Thanks!

Oopsdaisy on December 30, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Nebraskans may want to see how well Ben “Line in the Sand” Nelson adhered to his self-proclaimed standard in this 2006 campaign ad starting at 0:48.

ya2daup on December 30, 2009 at 6:29 PM

The entire congress is definite proof that prostitution is already legal.

Gulfcoastconservative on December 30, 2009 at 6:32 PM

I hope some good conservative Nebraskan flashes a sign at tonight’s bowl game to show Ben how much he listened to his voters here in Nebraska. ( :

yoda on December 30, 2009 at 6:33 PM

WTF were you people thinking when you elected him in 2006?

I just don’t get how conservative states like Nebraska elect liberals over and over. Same in Montana and the Dakotas.

I can see it happening once where a lib Dem runs as a conservative, gets to DC and votes like a liberal. But they do this and then get re-elected over and over. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice (3, 4, 5 times), I’m a freaking moron.

And sorry Nebraska, but you were fooled big time. It wouldn’t surprise me one bit to see him re-elected in 2012. I have no faith in Americans any more.

angryed on December 30, 2009 at 6:47 PM

This Nebraskan will do everything in his power to bring that about.

Yakko77 on December 30, 2009 at 6:54 PM

Ben,

You are FIRED!!!

RealMc on December 30, 2009 at 5:13 PM

This Nebraskan will do everything in his power to bring that about.

Gah, hit the submit instead of preview button.

Yakko77 on December 30, 2009 at 6:55 PM

What a dingus.

Scott P on December 30, 2009 at 7:17 PM

Yep Yep… and the system works just ask big sis

Wade on December 30, 2009 at 7:48 PM

I don’t think Ben realizes that he is betting his grandchildrens futures on this.

PappaMac on December 30, 2009 at 5:36 PM

You mean this turd procreated?

Wade on December 30, 2009 at 7:51 PM

Oh, please, dear Senator, if this Communist care is soooo awesome, how come you and your buddies won’t use it???????????????????

mobydutch on December 30, 2009 at 7:51 PM

There is no moral person alive who says that govt healthcare is not evil.

proconstitution on December 30, 2009 at 8:01 PM

Ben Nelson’s success level is rising! You are all liars! The health plan bribe is good!

Save this video. We’ll be using it in November. One. By. One.

Key West Reader on December 30, 2009 at 8:05 PM

Note to the New Fascist Party:

Americans won’t have short memories as you would like us to when you screw with out lives, our freedoms. No. We will come at you, hard and often, and make certain you are run out of office in the worst possible way.

madmonkphotog on December 30, 2009 at 8:07 PM

Ben Ben need some Sen Sen…

What’s coming out of his mouth stinks.

Nalea on December 30, 2009 at 8:08 PM

Yoda
I’m with you- hope there’s a great big sign pointing out that most Nebraskans resent Ben’s efforts on behalf of our state and he is soooo toast in 2012- because these Nebraskans will not forget!!!!!!! He governed this state- he should have known better – just a despicable sellout to the Democratic party- what a big ass WUSS!!!!!!!

huskerdiva on December 30, 2009 at 8:25 PM

Nelson will say during the Nebraska-University of Arizona football game

I’m an SEC fan myself, but know that Nebraskans are serious about their football too and just guessing this isn’t going to go over very well.

If one of our senators had stabbed us in the back and humiliated us with the equivalent of “The Cornhusker Kickback” and then p*ssed off fans by running a stupid commercial during a bowl game; lets just say he would be worried about a lot more than just the “optics” of said commercial.

Branch Rickey on December 30, 2009 at 8:31 PM

Lets just hope the voters reward you next election for your
backstabbing and lying ways you miseraqble traitor.

bluegrass on December 30, 2009 at 9:55 PM

huskerdiva on December 30, 2009 at 8:25 PM

What a loser! He thinks Nebraska will forget his screw-up…wrong! I think about this every day and can’t wait until we can get this jerk out of office.

yoda on December 31, 2009 at 6:12 AM

What a loser! He thinks Nebraska will forget his screw-up…wrong! I think about this every day and can’t wait until we can get this jerk out of office.

yoda on December 31, 2009 at 6:12 AM

I have recorded Judas Iscariot Nelson’s ad. I will watch it every day to refresh my memory.

OmahaConservative on December 31, 2009 at 6:54 AM

His ad is airing on the local news again this morning.
Jackass!

OmahaConservative on December 31, 2009 at 7:03 AM

OmahaConservative on December 31, 2009 at 6:54 AM

Yes, I am listening to Nelson’s ad right now. Jerk!

I e-mailed Mike Flood’s office yesterday, because I understand the State Senate is the place to start for future recalls. If a recall process is on the 2010 ballot, then Nebraska can recall federal officials after 2010. A recall is too late for Ol’ Ben I’m afraid.
The Omaha Tea Party was on Pacific and 76th again yesterday….got my e-mail the other day….dedicated bunch, aren’t they?

Happy New Year to you and your family OC!!

yoda on December 31, 2009 at 7:26 AM

yoda on December 31, 2009 at 7:26 AM

I had a funeral yesterday or I would have loved to be there.
The fact that Judas felt compelled to run the ad tells me he wants to be re-elected again, fat chance.
Happy New Year to you and your family, as well yoda.

OmahaConservative on December 31, 2009 at 7:42 AM

OmahaConservative on December 31, 2009 at 7:42 AM

huskerdiva on December 30, 2009 at 8:25 PM

Are you registered for the 16th yet? I registered me and my husband this morning.

yoda on December 31, 2009 at 8:05 AM

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