It’s on: Blanche Lincoln rips Ben Nelson for ObamaCare kickback

posted at 6:33 pm on January 6, 2010 by Allahpundit

Alternate headline: “Blanche Lincoln bitter that she was too stupid to wring her own kickback out of Reid.”

The Democratic senator from Arkansas said she was disappointed about a provision in the Senate’s health care bill that will require the federal government to permanently pay the entire cost of Medicaid expansion in Nebraska, while only paying the costs of expansion in the other 49 states for three years.

Conservative Nebraska Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson lent his crucial support to the bill only after winning the provision for his constituents.

“The people of Arkansas didn’t send me to Washington to be a horse trader,” Lincoln told reporters before speaking at a Kiwanis Club luncheon in downtown Little Rock.

Lincoln did not say whether she would support a final version of the health care legislation if it included the Nebraska agreement. Lincoln, who voted for the health care legislation on Christmas Eve, faces a tough re-election battle this year and has faced criticism from Republicans over her support for the bill.

We’ll see what happens, whether it comes out or not. I think it’s appropriate that it should,” Lincoln said.

Is that … a threat to vote no? That’d be an uncharacteristically shrewd move on Lincoln’s part, if so. Instead of being the disloyal Democrat who panicked at crumbling public support for the bill, she could torpedo it, save her own skin in the process, and frame herself as the crusader for good government whose conscience simply won’t permit her to endorse such bribe-taking. The left won’t even hassle her much over it since they hate the bill too. In fact, not only does she have political cover, she has some legal cover as well: Just as I’m writing this, I got a tip that Oklahoma’s Democratic state attorney general is joining the 13 Republican state AGs who want Nelson’s kickback investigated. This is your escape hatch, Blanche!

Exit question: To see how just poisonous this travesty has become, see if you can guess which DeMint-ian Republican hardliner said this.

While I enthusiastically support health care reform, it is not reform to push more costs onto states that are already struggling while other states get sweetheart deals.

Health care reform, which started as noble and needed legislation, has become a trough of bribes, deals and loopholes.

You’ve heard of the bridge to nowhere. This is health care to nowhere.

[Our] congressional delegation should either vote against this bill that is a disaster for [our state] or get in there and fight for the same sweetheart deal Senator Nelson of Nebraska got for the Cornhusker State. He got the corn; we got the husk.

Answer: Dude?

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yoda on January 6, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Oh, I hope she plays that vid. That would be awesome.

BruceB on January 6, 2010 at 8:17 PM

It is even more annoying than campaign ads. Actually, it must be a campaign ad. Whoever heard of starting campaign ads 2 years out for a (what used to be) relatively safe senate seat?

OmahaConservative on January 6, 2010 at 8:31 PM

Arnold just wants more of the pie.

This is from the link

SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday vowed to pry more dollars from the federal government, which he said took more than it gave, but left details on how to close a $19.9 billion state budget gap until later this week

Brat4life on January 6, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Man he looks worked over. I bet he felt like a waterboarded terrorist while they beat him down to a concession.
Poor Nelson looks too old and tired for the job now. Hope after the next election he gets a permanent holiday.

caygeon on January 6, 2010 at 9:02 PM

Kinda scary, I saw a pic of my Senate Horsetrader Senator Harkin D. Iowa and after the tradin he was hangin out in the well of the Senate in his socks and Fruit of the Looms with a piece of toilet paper hangin down his leg!

Guess Ben Nelson, last in, got a better deal than Tom Harkin, first in!
Dang screwed again!

dhunter on January 6, 2010 at 9:15 PM

I thought Glen Beck did a great impression of Nanzi on today’s show…

d1carter on January 6, 2010 at 9:21 PM

I thought Glen Beck did a great impression of Nanzi on today’s show…

d1carter on January 6, 2010 at 9:21 PM

oops, wrong thread. Sorry.

d1carter on January 6, 2010 at 9:22 PM

Blowin’ smoke.

Kissmygrits on January 6, 2010 at 9:43 PM

Getting caught with your snout buried deep in the trough when all the other piggies have eaten their fill is kind of an exposed position, isn’t it Senator? Sure sucks to be you!

ya2daup on January 6, 2010 at 11:20 PM

DeMint-ian Republican hardliner === ARNOLD, THE GUBERNATOR?????????????


TheAlamos on January 6, 2010 at 11:40 PM

Right, like the saying, “we have established what you are, now we are just talking price.”

bluemarlin on January 6, 2010 at 6:44 PM


lovingmyUSA on January 7, 2010 at 12:54 AM

Scarf aside, Blanche “MacBeth” Lincoln is NO Blue Dog…

Gohawgs on January 7, 2010 at 2:42 AM

“Conservative Nebraska Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson…”

Only in AP-land is Nelson considered a conservative. The AP needs to be demolished.

leftnomore on January 7, 2010 at 3:54 AM

If she moves forward now, isn’t she complicit?

marklmail on January 7, 2010 at 7:51 AM