If Senator Ben Nelson's politics makes you want to puke, join the club. The former insurance industry hack turned politician who pimps the insurance industry's interests made just about all progressives sick, almost apoplectice, with his pandering to insurers and his blocking of the public option.
No? You mean it makes you want to vomit. What? It confirms your resolve NOT to contribute to a perhaps not misguided, perhaps De-f*cking-ranged DNC that has not only left the reservation, but has left the planet?
Oh, you think we need to make scumbags like Nelson feel safe playing in the sausage factory? You think this is part of doing the nasty in DC? We need a name for Democrats who tolerate this kind of sh*t. DLC Dems? Clinton Dems? Obamabots? Rahm Emanuel sh*t-eaters?
I've been saying that the current state of the Democratic party is due to a failure of leadership at the top-- Obama, his administration, Pelosi, Reid, Kaine, Menendez (DSCC.) Obama set the tone with his well-intentioned but failed attempt to mimic Lincoln.
It's time the geniuses at the White House put a true leader, Howard Dean back at the helm of the DNC. That would be one major step forward back from neanderthalism to homo sapiens level functioning.
On Monday, Joe Sudbay of Americablog reported that the DNC had forked over $459,760.00 to the Nebraska Democratic Committee, which, in turn, used that money to sponsor television ads on Nelson's behalf. Those ads featured the senator explaining his support for health care legislation in part by noting he had changed the legislation so that insurance coverage would not be "run by the government." It was a clear slight at the public plan.
A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Jim Manley, told Ben Smith of Politico that the money was not part of the deal to get Nelson's vote. But the real question was why the DNC would pay for ads that maligned government-run insurance at the same time the party was rallying behind that very proposal.
Asked about the expenditure, DNC Press Secretary Hari Sevugan sent over a statement that glossed over the question of how strongly the committee was devoted to the public option in favor of pointing out that Nelson was (then and now) under immense political pressure.