Ben Nelson’s farewell could be especially fond. The Gentleman from Nebraska was more known for his obstructionist anti party stances and unholy legislative alliances than he was known to be the gentleman who represented the ideological interests of the people whose political well being he was elected to act as broker for.
During his tenure, Senator Nelson, supported the Iraq war, voted against marriage equality for all, voted against minimum wage hikes, supported Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, voted for the right o f the government to tap and intercept the privacy of citizens via the Patriot Act, voted to make filing bankruptcy harder for individuals with less assets than Donald Trump, voted against Pell Grant increase, voted against immigration reform, voted against the health care provision of planned Parenthood, approved of water boarding, voted to establish English as the official language of America- the land founded on the backs of immigrant labor.
Then this elected Democratic Senator, obstructed his President, by voting against the stimulus package, voted to remove billions from State aid packages to support Republican austerity, supported the watered down health care Public Option which has no bearing on the Universal Healthcare we all anticipated. He even went back on his support of financial reform, once he realized that is president was relentlessly pushing that agenda.
Now, in the twilightyears of his Senate tenure this alleged Democrat, who has done more ideologically to distance himself from his party than any politician with matching tenure, has been billed to command anywhere from four hundred thousand to one million USD as a K Street Conserva Dem Lobbyist.
There is a difference between cunning and astute that is not so subtle. Ben Nelson is a cunning politician who used his background in the insurance industry to propel him into the senatorial arena. Once there, nelson did the Trojan Horse trick and wooed Republicans with his anti Democratic ideological stances, thereby setting up an image that would have made him prime choice for the lobbying industry. This cunning politician sits on the Agriculture, Armed Service, Rules and Administration and Appropriations Committees. This resume makes for a great spring board for an ambitious lobbysist.
Though Nelson’s announced intention to exit may give Harry Reid and those of us who are anti conservative some cause for concern, we need to look at the silver lining here. For all intents and purposes this Blue Dog was more Republican than blue. With his exit, there is an opportunity for voters to elect a representative that will vote their ideology more than 82% of the time, which is the reprehensible record of obstructionist Ben Nelson’s votes with his party.
I could be could be cruel and talk about his obvious toupée but then why kick a man as he goes through the door. I’ll just shut it gently and standby to welcome the next Democrat to take the seat that Nelson has so fortuitously vacated.