Nelson trailing in 2012 polling by double digits?

posted at 10:12 am on February 2, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

If one Senator could qualify as a poster boy for the 2012 Democratic efforts to hold the Senate, it would be Ben Nelson of Nebraska.  A one-time governor of the state, Nelson won two terms in office following the retirement of Bob Kerrey by appealing to the populist and socially conservative natures of the voters, which usually goes deep red in presidential elections.  His seat seemed secure until Barack Obama and Harry Reid insisted on pushing ObamaCare through Congress, coming under considerable pressure to balk at the lack of the Stupak amendment that would have added into law a ban on federal funding for abortions or abortion coverage.  Instead of sticking to his principles, Nelson cut the infamous Cornhusker Kickback deal that gave the state extra federal funding for its Medicaid expansion.

Did Nebraskans appreciate the deal?  Not according to the latest numbers from Public Policy Polling, a firm that tends to lean a little towards Democrats:

Every poll released so far on the 2012 Nebraska Senate race has shown Ben Nelson in deep trouble and our numbers are no exception. Nelson trails Attorney General Jon Bruning 50-39 in a hypothetical contest and Treasurer Don Stenberg by a 45-41 margin.

It’s not hard to peg the reason for Nelson’s precarious situation: you need to have a lot of appeal to Republicans if you’re going to win as a Democrat in Nebraska, and while Nelson had that in the past he doesn’t seem to anymore. The 2006 exit poll showed him winning a pretty remarkable 42% of the GOP vote. Now his approval rating with Republicans is down at 26%, and he gets just 17% of their votes against Bruning and 16% against Stenberg. Nelson actually has a 9 point advantage with independents over Bruning and a 17 point one over Stenberg but that’s not enough given his lack of crossover support in the heavily GOP leaning state.

Nebraska didn’t have a statewide election exit poll in 2010, so we’ll have to compare the sample to 2008, a big year for Democrats.  In that election, the D/R/I split was 29/48/22; PPP’s sample splits 34/52/14, which may understate independents and oversample both parties just a bit.  Given the results of the 2010 election, it may oversample Democrats by more than the MOE in a realistic voter model for next year’s election.

The bad news for Democrats doesn’t just come in the head-to-head comparisons.  Nelson’s overall approval rating is an abysmal 39/50, while his Republican colleague Mike Johanns gets a 59/28.  Regardless of the competition, Nelson doesn’t get above 42% in any matchup; the only reason he leads two candidates is because they’re relative unknowns.  For a two-term incumbent and former governor who has been on the statewide stage for more than twenty years, these numbers are almost certain indications of electoral doom.

Democrats may want to start looking for a replacement candidate.  If Nelson can’t fix his brand in the next few months, the DSCC should write off Nebraska as a hopeless loss.  With ObamaCare heading back to the Senate for a repeal vote, Nelson may have the only chance he’ll get for a measure of redemption — and even that measure would depend on the bill’s passage and Obama’s signature to wipe out the stain of the Cornhusker Kickback and Nelson’s moral surrender.


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Bart Stupak might have some career advice for Sen. Nelson (D-ONE)

Greek Fire on February 2, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Pizza!

SouthernGent on February 2, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Yes, but he did manage to land the coveted Kermit Gosnell endorsement.

Kataklysmic on February 2, 2011 at 10:17 AM

HCR overturned by the Courts and Dems lose the House over it.

Two-fer.

artist on February 2, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Call’em moderate, call’em Blue Dogs, but never forget to call’em to the trough. A Democrat is a Democrat is a Democrat.

cartooner on February 2, 2011 at 10:22 AM

I’m sure a nice cushy ambassadorship will be waiting for him. Nelson like many others took one for the team. And he will be rewarded handsomely.

angryed on February 2, 2011 at 10:22 AM

I live in Nebraska. He won’t get reelected. Since his betrayal he can’t even get pizza in this state–the constituents booed him out last time he tried.

Polynath on February 2, 2011 at 10:22 AM

With ObamaCare heading back to the Senate for a repeal vote, Nelson may have the only chance he’ll get for a measure of redemption — and even that measure would depend on the bill’s passage and Obama’s signature to wipe out the stain of the Cornhusker Kickback and Nelson’s moral surrender.

Just phoned my Senator Benedict Arnold Nelson to inform him his only possible chance of redemption will be a yes vote to repeal obamacare……even though I highly doubt even that will really rescue him – Most Nebraskans aren’t likely to give him another chance after the way he betrayed us all with the infamous “Cornhusker Kickback”

huskerdiva on February 2, 2011 at 10:24 AM

See ya traitor Nelson. Don’t forget to wrap a roll of charmin around your cornhusker-ease the pain when they boot you out of office

hawkman on February 2, 2011 at 10:24 AM

*****breaking news*****

PPP finds Obama leads Palin by 8 in Nebraska, 48-40

/

picklesgap on February 2, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Buh-bye.

halfastro on February 2, 2011 at 10:24 AM

He chose… poorly.

trigon on February 2, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Senator Nelson: If you help repeal Obamacare we promise to get you re-elected. We swear on the cornhusker kickback and the Stupak amendment.

VibrioCocci on February 2, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Pizza!

SouthernGent on February 2, 2011 at 10:16 AM

+1 “No Pizza for YOU -Ben Nelson!!!!!”

huskerdiva on February 2, 2011 at 10:26 AM

No one out here has forgotten Nelson’s betrayal.

He won’t be going back to Washington. -.- He can retire to a nice farm somewhere in Nebraska, and keep his nose out of politics.

KinleyArdal on February 2, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Dead man walking. I’m not too crazy about Stenberg.

a capella on February 2, 2011 at 10:27 AM

HCR overturned by the Courts and Dems lose the House over it & then lose the Senate as well

Two-fer.Make that a Trifeta!

artist on February 2, 2011 at 10:21 AM

FIFY

huskerdiva on February 2, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Nebraska wants its good name back.

Akzed on February 2, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Dead man walking. I’m not too crazy about Stenberg.

a capella on February 2, 2011 at 10:27 AM

How about Bruning……

huskerdiva on February 2, 2011 at 10:31 AM

*****breaking news*****

PPP finds Obama leads Palin by 8 in Nebraska, 48-40

/

picklesgap on February 2, 2011 at 10:24 AM

You forgot the other poll showing Obama winning Alaska over Palin 99-1, with a 1% margin of error.

teke184 on February 2, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Speaking as a Nebraskan, not only has Nelson’s “appeal” worn out, but Jon Bruning is popular in his own right. It’d be a tough race between the two even if Nelson was still likable.

KellyBomelly on February 2, 2011 at 10:32 AM

huskerdiva on February 2, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Nicely done. Offer a drowning man the hope of a life preserver if he’ll just do this one thing for us now,…then, regardless, throw him an anchor in Nov.2012. I like the way you think.

a capella on February 2, 2011 at 10:33 AM

No matter how many polls are fabricated to suggest otherwise, every politician who voted for Obamacare (outside of SF) will be replaced by the people. Period, end of story… Tester is finding out that reality here in Montana right now.

Keemo on February 2, 2011 at 10:33 AM

a capella on February 2, 2011 at 10:33 AM

^5

huskerdiva on February 2, 2011 at 10:34 AM

How about Bruning……

huskerdiva on February 2, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Be my pick.

a capella on February 2, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Oh, THAT Nelson. I was hoping for a Florida report. :)

honsy on February 2, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Time for the Cornhusker Kickout!

Dark-Star on February 2, 2011 at 10:34 AM

He’s already said he has no plans to vote to repeal the healthcare bill. Unless he flips at the last minute, that should just about seal it. We already have radio ads in Lincoln questioning Nelson’s votes/actions using his own voice, which I think are pretty effective. He’s snowed Nebraskans for a lot of years, but we’re not going to forget this betrayal …

Jon Bruning has been a strong conservative as attorney-general, and he’ll be a strong conservative senator, too.

jonrademacher on February 2, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Time out – for a quick trip to Jon Bruning’s webiste to make a little contribution (smiling as I hit the “confirm” button)

huskerdiva on February 2, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Slightly off-topic, but Martha McCallum just handed Anthony Weiner’s weiner to him.

UltimateBob on February 2, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Slightly off-topic, but Martha McCallum just handed Anthony Weiner’s weiner to him.

UltimateBob on February 2, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Did she have an electron microscope handy to find it?

teke184 on February 2, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Slightly off-topic, but Martha McCallum just handed Anthony Weiner’s weiner to him.

UltimateBob on February 2, 2011 at 10:40 AM

You mean he actually has a weiner???? Gotta love Martha!

huskerdiva on February 2, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Slightly off-topic, but Martha McCallum just handed Anthony Weiner’s weiner to him. UltimateBob on February 2, 2011 at 10:40 AM

He had one?

Akzed on February 2, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Man, Obamacare is the gift that keeps on giving. Once we’re through with the 2014 elections, I’d love to see a tally of how many Democrat politicians lost their seats(or were forced to retire prematurely) because of this debacle.

Doughboy on February 2, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Man, Obamacare is the gift that keeps on giving. Once we’re through with the 2014 elections, I’d love to see a tally of how many Democrat politicians lost their seats(or were forced to retire prematurely) because of this debacle.

Doughboy on February 2, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Will seats lost in part to redistricting count toward that total? Or only in states whose legislatures flipped in 2010?

teke184 on February 2, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Doughboy on February 2, 2011 at 10:44 AM

It is to our advantage to keep that sweet baby front and center in every public discussion. Shouldn’t be hard because it affects so many different arenas. Force Scooter to defend it continually.

a capella on February 2, 2011 at 10:49 AM

My guess is Nelson suddenly discovers his family really, really needs him.

MaureenTheTemp on February 2, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Funny that people like this PPP poll, but not the one that shows Palin losing in SD.

IR-MN on February 2, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Did she have an electron microscope handy to find it?

teke184 on February 2, 2011 at 10:41 AM

It’s funny, but whenever I see Weiner on TV, it’s hard to take him seriously, ever since seeing that high school picture of him where he looked exactly like Screech from Saved by the Bell.

Not that I ever did take him very seriously.

UltimateBob on February 2, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Nelson sold his soul. The bill will be due in 2012.

GarandFan on February 2, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Funny that people like this PPP poll, but not the one that shows Palin losing in SD.

IR-MN on February 2, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Nebraskans didn’t need a poll to tell them Ben is dead meat. They talk to their neighbors.

a capella on February 2, 2011 at 10:53 AM

sometimes all it take sis one bad vote or one bad decision. Like romneycare for example, or saying the stimulus was too small, or working for the Obama admin in china or as Nelson shows voting for Obamacare because you took a bribe.

Life is tough at times….

unseen on February 2, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Funny that people like this PPP poll, but not the one that shows Palin losing in SD.

IR-MN on February 2, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Nebraska could have commissioned Mickey Mouse to do this poll with the same obvious results. No rocket science required. As noted a a capella, Nebraskans need only talk to their neighbors.

Tim Zank on February 2, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Nelson sold his soul. The bill will be due in 2012.

GarandFan on February 2, 2011 at 10:53 AM

…with extra anchovies.

fossten on February 2, 2011 at 11:01 AM

R-MN on February 2, 2011 at 10:51 AM

In all honesty PPP is a dem outfit. i just don’t see a reason they would want to portray Nelson in a badlight. See this is how liberals work. they will give you one poll that is correct then give you one that is wrong and point to the correct poll as evidence that they are correct. It’s like all the polls before the election are wrong but the one right before the election is right and then they use that poll for the next two years to prove how right the new skewed polls are.

I really think if the GOP wants to be force long term on the political stage they need to do the same thing. right now liberals own the polls and polling companies…..

that all being said I don’t take much stock in any polls this late out.

unseen on February 2, 2011 at 11:01 AM

On the repeal….wasn’t it reported that Nelson is a no on repeal? hmmmmm.

So what will he do? It sounds as if no matter what he does, he won’t win re-election. So my guess is, he’ll vote no on repealing, and just say screw it, and accept his defeat. If it’s inevitable, he’s not going to reward his constituents now, by doing their will.

capejasmine on February 2, 2011 at 11:05 AM

the really sad thing is that as early as 5 years ago the Cornhusker Kickback would have worked. but politicians are still playing in the preweb world. they don’t understand that every action is now being recorded and the greatest asset these politicians had (the lack of long term memory by voters) is no longer there. Now with a click of the mouse the memory returns tenfold…..

the world wide web has changed the game of national politics and there are many that still do not see it. they look only at the fundraising potential and promoting their positions. they have not yet looked and studied the downside for them. the days of backroom deals are over.

unseen on February 2, 2011 at 11:07 AM

“I’m not going to be re-elected. Oh well, at least I got mine.”

– Sen. Nelson

fossten on February 2, 2011 at 11:07 AM

f it’s inevitable, he’s not going to reward his constituents now, by doing their will.

capejasmine on February 2, 2011 at 11:05 AM

which is the biggest case against term-limits. if these people know they are out next election the last check on their power is taken away and term-limited members of congress will rob the taxpayers (more) on the way out the door.

unseen on February 2, 2011 at 11:08 AM

If sending Bob Kerrey and Ben Nelson to Washington hasn’t taught Nebraskans a lesson about electing Democrats, I don’t know what will.

Cornhusker on February 2, 2011 at 11:12 AM

In the great singing voice of the late Don Meredith, Turn out the lights… the parties over.

wheelgun on February 2, 2011 at 11:14 AM

which is the biggest case against term-limits. if these people know they are out next election the last check on their power is taken away and term-limited members of congress will rob the taxpayers (more) on the way out the door.

unseen on February 2, 2011 at 11:08 AM

With term limits it’s less likely that a coalition will build large enough to do what the Dems did to us in 2009.

fossten on February 2, 2011 at 11:15 AM

unseen on February 2, 2011 at 11:01 AM

nope–PPP had honest polls in 2010, even had Rossi up and Angle as well, showed CO as a tie. Obama almost won Montana and did well in the Dakotas. Even with our most electable candidates, Thune or Daniels, they just might squeak out a victory. They need an all star VP. The American public wants to move on from 2008, which means Sarah, Mitt, Newt and Huck are dead ends.

IR-MN on February 2, 2011 at 11:18 AM

If sending Bob Kerrey and Ben Nelson to Washington hasn’t taught Nebraskans a lesson about electing Democrats, I don’t know what will.

Cornhusker on February 2, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Are you kidding – WE couldn’t even get enough people to the polls last week to recall Dem Mayor Suttle……..The majority of folks just listened to all the anti-recall adds which hit on the expense of the recall election when retaining this nut in office is going to cost much more in the long run……..

huskerdiva on February 2, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Guess Nebraskans still don’t appreciate being bought and sold like commodities. Bet Nelson has grasped that principle though.

jeanie on February 2, 2011 at 11:20 AM

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/anderson-cooper-attacked-mob-egypt-95628

OT: Liberal media head learns that all Americans are hated by Muslims, not just Republican Americans…

Keemo on February 2, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Thanks for reminding me that this bill may go down (along with a lot of it’s corruptables like Nelson simple because of the games played with the Stupak/abortion “must be in it” games.

The culture of death gods in Hades must be starting to gnash their collective teeth -led by their patron saint, Saul Alinsky.

Don L on February 2, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Ben Nelson is as good as done here. The ads are already running, reminding people (not that we need it) of what a lying sellout he is.

I kept the letters I received from him both before and after the Hell Care vote, telling us first that he wasn’t supporting the bill, that he only wanted it brought to the floor for debate, then explaining to us like we are idiots, after there was no debate, that it was a good bill anyway.

I reminded him he had a chance to possibly clear his name and go into retirement by supporting repeal, and haven’t heard back. Not expecting I will.

.

cntrlfrk on February 2, 2011 at 11:37 AM

This Nebraska voter will do his part to fire Nelson in 2012 and replace him with a social AND fiscal conservative. Nelson was never a fiscal conservative but his liberal spending never came to light fully until Obama came into office.

Yakko77 on February 2, 2011 at 11:38 AM

With term limits it’s less likely that a coalition will build large enough to do what the Dems did to us in 2009.

fossten on February 2, 2011 at 11:15 AM

that is assuming that they all are not in it together. the power of congress to work together to destroy us should not be understanded…

unseen on February 2, 2011 at 11:44 AM

IR-MN on February 2, 2011 at 11:18 AM

they also showed ethridge unbeatable and Congresswoman ellmers shows they were wrong. For every correct poll PPP has ther eis an equal number of bogus polls, or polls run to simply set a narrative. All pollsters must be right some of the time or they quickly lose what cache they have to be able to set the narrative.

Polls and the liberals use of them are a major reason this country is where it is at this time. 5 years ago 90% of america thought samesex marrage was wrong but the “polls” showed different and those polls gave politicans cover to push the homosexual agenda and thus set a new narrative.

Polls are a way for liberals to shape the narrative nothing more nothing less. It is not a coincidence that the vast majority of pollsters are liberal outfits.

unseen on February 2, 2011 at 11:49 AM

@ huskerdiva:
ya I’m sorry about the Suttle crap. Truckdrivers, farm people, but stream KFAB whenever we can and I thought Suttle was a goner. My cousin is a teacher in Bellevue (Obama voter despite mine and my aunts’ best efforts) and she was all outraged about the recall, surprise! Maybe the rest of us need to disown Omaha! :0

Cornhusker on February 2, 2011 at 11:55 AM

ya I’m sorry about the Suttle crap. Truckdrivers, farm people, but stream KFAB whenever we can and I thought Suttle was a goner. My cousin is a teacher in Bellevue (Obama voter despite mine and my aunts’ best efforts) and she was all outraged about the recall, surprise! Maybe the rest of us need to disown Omaha! :0

Cornhusker on February 2, 2011 at 11:55 AM

It’s all about the Unions!!!!! WE need a “Chris Cristie” type candidate as Mayor of Omaha next round!!! Also, there were a lot of folks turned away because although they still pay Omaha taxes, they actually reside in an SID & therefore were not allowed to vote (the precinct I worked last week turned away a lot of these folks- sadly….)

huskerdiva on February 2, 2011 at 12:06 PM

that is assuming that they all are not in it together. the power of congress to work together to destroy us should not be understanded…

unseen on February 2, 2011 at 11:44 AM

That’s why I said ‘less likely.’

fossten on February 2, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Nelson trailing in 2012 polling by double digits?

There is a price for selling out American Citizens? I heard something from someone about that, he said “Elections Have Consequences”

Career Politicians = Old & Rusty.

Dr Evil on February 2, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Politicians are finding that voters have longer memories than they have in the past. And a lower level of tolerance and trust. They’ve been burned too many times.

scalleywag on February 2, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Hope the Senate loses both of its Nelsons in 2012

Raisedbywolves on February 2, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Maybe he should talk to Bayh, and announce similarly that he will not run next time around.

cs89 on February 2, 2011 at 12:57 PM

And what, exactly, does this portend? Absolutely nothing. in the end, Nebraskans are going to turn out to be just as dumb as the voters in Nevada.

kens on February 2, 2011 at 12:57 PM

kens on February 2, 2011 at 12:57 PM

While realizing this is a clumsily applied piece of troll bait, I will be looking forward to visiting with you the day after elections in 2012. You will be around, right?

a capella on February 2, 2011 at 1:25 PM

No matter how many polls are fabricated to suggest otherwise, every politician who voted for Obamacare (outside of SF) will be replaced by the people. Period, end of story… Tester is finding out that reality here in Montana right now.

Keemo on February 2, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Yeah, things like this are quite interesting. We’re being told that Obamacare is this wonderful bill that the “people” want, and yet, Nelson is suffering in the polls in spite of not only casting a high-profile decisive vote on this bill, but doing so in exchange for some perks for his state. I can understnad him being disliked on a national level for his wheeling and dealing, but on a state-wide level, this seems to imply one of two things: 1) Nebraskans are so idealogically opposed to the “kickback,” that they oppose the deal even though it was designed to benefit them and it greased the wheels in the passage of this terrific legilation or 2) Obamacare really is that big of an albatross around the necks of the Democrats.

Am I missing something? I’m genuinely curious if any pro-Obamacare folks have a different reading.

BlueCollarAstronaut on February 2, 2011 at 1:36 PM

but on a state-wide level, this seems to imply one of two things: 1) Nebraskans are so idealogically opposed to the “kickback,” that they oppose the deal even though it was designed to benefit them and it greased the wheels in the passage of this terrific legilation or 2) Obamacare really is that big of an albatross around the necks of the Democrats.

BlueCollarAstronaut on February 2, 2011 at 1:36 PM

In Nebraska, # 1 would be the major issue. We were opposed to the bill, but the process was the real dealbreaker, even if we benefitted. We don’t want special health care perks at the expense of the rest of the country.

Ethanol subsidies, on the other hand,…*cough, cough* :)

a capella on February 2, 2011 at 2:06 PM

a capella on February 2, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Thanks for the reply. That actually surprises me quite a bit as I was being somewhat facetious with my #1 option. That helps keep my assumptions in check, though.

Do you think your (collectively) attitutdes would have been different if you didn’t oppose the bill? If the state generally supported the bill, would they have been more inclined to support Nelson in spite of his shady dealings, or would resentment over his finagling overshadowed the people’s support of his vote?

Also, do you think this is true of the general populace? Because I would like to think the people of my state would be so principled, but I’m not so sure they would when it comes right down to it. I tend to think that if the people of my state supported the bill, and one of our Senators managed to finagle a little extra in the process of supporting it, we would be pretty happy about that (at least when it comes to polling) in spite of some bad national optics. We might “Tsk Tsk” him publicly, but still give him props when the pollsters call.

Maybe Nebraskans are more principled than that, or maybe I’m just too much of a cynic.

BlueCollarAstronaut on February 2, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Judas may as well retire now.

OmahaConservative on February 2, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Do you think your (collectively) attitutdes would have been different if you didn’t oppose the bill? If the state generally supported the bill, would they have been more inclined to support Nelson in spite of his shady dealings, or would resentment over his finagling overshadowed the people’s support of his vote?

I don’t honestly think it would have made any difference on this issue. Nelson badly embarrassed the whole state with the kickback. Pride has a lot to do with it.

Also, do you think this is true of the general populace? Because I would like to think the people of my state would be so principled, but I’m not so sure they would when it comes right down to it. I tend to think that if the people of my state supported the bill, and one of our Senators managed to finagle a little extra in the process of supporting it, we would be pretty happy about that (at least when it comes to polling) in spite of some bad national optics. We might “Tsk Tsk” him publicly, but still give him props when the pollsters call.

I can’t speak to most other states. I’ve lived in Iowa, Minnesota, and Nebraska. Midwesterners generally take a lot of pride in being honest, decent people. However, as I noted above, they are a bit conflicted when it comes to government ag subsidies, so I don’t mind poking some fun at our inconsistencies along those lines.

Maybe Nebraskans are more principled than that, or maybe I’m just too much of a cynic.

BlueCollarAstronaut on February 2, 2011 at 2:24 PM

No one is more cynical than myself. My nickname at work was “the curmudgeon”, probably accurately. I think there are some states whose inhabitants are more inclined to look to the public trough for all things in life. The vast majority of people in the three states I listed don’t do that, although MN would rank third on the list.

a capella on February 2, 2011 at 3:12 PM

a capella on February 2, 2011 at 3:12 PM

All that makes sense. Thank you for the explanation.

BlueCollarAstronaut on February 2, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Per an e-mail from Pizza Boy Nelson….he is still going to vote for Obamacare. He’s is so done here in Nebraska!!! Enjoy your retirement Ben!!!

yoda on February 2, 2011 at 5:02 PM

yoda on February 2, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Wow. just. Wow.

OmahaConservative on February 2, 2011 at 5:06 PM

yoda on February 2, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Wow. just. Wow.

OmahaConservative on February 2, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Hey guys, I’ll volunteer now to host his “going away” party for all those of us in Huskerland who can’t wait to see him outta there!!!!!

huskerdiva on February 2, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Good to see the huskers on here! We should have a statewide bus tour for Bens going away party, pizza for everyone!

Maybe Nebraskans are more principled than that, or maybe I’m just too much of a cynic.

BlueCollarAstronaut on February 2, 2011 at 2:24 PM

a capella answered your question well but for my two cents worth, we are a proud state that just wants to pull our own weight and take care of our own. Ben embarrassed us severly and now the time to pay the piper is at hand. He really should have known better…

serenity on February 2, 2011 at 6:17 PM

OC and
huskerdiva

Pizza Boy is going to retire…won’t be able to stand all of the tomatoes that will be pelted at him in the local parades. I could go for a good going away party for poor old Ben….Yeehaw!!!!!

yoda on February 2, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Keep in mind that Benny is the most popular Democrat in the state right now.

Here’s to you, Senator Bruning. (That sounds nice.)

NebCon on February 2, 2011 at 8:20 PM