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Ben Nelson tries to repair damage at home
Politico ^ | 1/14/2010 | Manu Raju

Posted on 01/14/2010 2:48:07 PM PST by JRochelle

Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson and his wife were leaving dinner at a new pizza joint near their home in Omaha one night last week when a patron began complaining about Nelson’s decisive vote in favor of the Senate’s health care bill.

Other customers started booing. A woman yelled, “Get him the hell out of here!” And the Nelsons and their dining companions beat a hasty retreat.

“It was definitely a scene in there,” said Tom Lewis, a 41-year-old dentist and registered Republican who witnessed the incident. A second witness confirmed the incident to POLITICO.

It’s a new experience for Nelson.

He used to be a popular figure back home, a Democrat who served eight years in the governor’s office and was elected twice to the Senate by a state that’s as red as the “N” on the University of Nebraska's football helmets.

But Nelson has seen his approval ratings tumble in the wake of his wavering over the historic health care bill, his deal-cutting with other Senate Democrats and, ultimately, his support to break a GOP filibuster and send the bill to a House-Senate conference committee.

Nelson, who has a track record of brokering bipartisan deals, said for months that he was unsure whether to back a Democrats-only bill, and he criticized language in the measure that would impose taxes and cut Medicare costs in order to pay for extending coverage to most Americans. But after weeks of negotiations, Nelson made his peace with the bill by striking deals on his state’s Medicaid costs and on abortion language — and, in the process, incited a furious backlash in Nebraska.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Nebraska
KEYWORDS: bennelson; coward; obamacare; toast

1 posted on 01/14/2010 2:48:08 PM PST by JRochelle
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To: JRochelle

Ain’t happening, Nelson..../fail


2 posted on 01/14/2010 2:49:14 PM PST by cranked
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To: JRochelle

The tide is turning. In a better direction....I don’t know.


3 posted on 01/14/2010 2:50:05 PM PST by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: JRochelle

Ben “Baby Killer” Nelson


5 posted on 01/14/2010 2:57:09 PM PST by JohnLongIsland
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To: cranked; JRochelle
Asked about the incident at the pizza joint, Thompson said: “If somebody yelled that comment, Sen. Nelson didn’t hear it, and he did hear positive comments from others in the restaurant.”

Maybe he'd better read the bill after all to see if it impacts coverage for hearing aids.

6 posted on 01/14/2010 2:59:22 PM PST by VRWCmember
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To: JRochelle
This is a good sign that the RINO / BlueDog jig is up.

The People [formerly Sheeple] are looking at the bottom line...and not taking the lies as easily anymore.

7 posted on 01/14/2010 2:59:46 PM PST by Paul Ross (Ronald Reagan-1987:"We are always willing to be trade partners but never trade patsies.")
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To: JRochelle

This needs to happen to all these Socialist Pigs.


8 posted on 01/14/2010 3:00:16 PM PST by tobyhill
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To: JRochelle

Good luck with that, Ben...

9 posted on 01/14/2010 3:03:24 PM PST by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: cranked

Hey, Ben! The chicken have come home to ro-o-o-o-st....


10 posted on 01/14/2010 3:06:38 PM PST by gramho12 (Sarah, smile..)
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To: JRochelle

His constituency, and those around the Country, pleaded for weeks not to vote for Socialism, but he chose to ignore everyone, including those who cannot speak for themselves.

Betrayal is among the worst of things.


11 posted on 01/14/2010 3:08:47 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: JRochelle

and the RATS, take another one in the..............................HA ha!!!

12 posted on 01/14/2010 3:11:39 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: JRochelle

“He used to be a popular figure back home....”

I’d say that he still is. LMAO


13 posted on 01/14/2010 3:14:35 PM PST by Gator113 (Obama is America's First FAILED "light skinned African American [Pres-dent] with no Negro dialect..")
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To: JRochelle
...a Democrat who served eight years in the governor’s office and was elected twice to the Senate by a state that’s as red as the “N” on the University of Nebraska's football helmets.

Then couldn't they find ANY decent conservative Republicans in the entire state? I don't get it.

14 posted on 01/14/2010 3:22:10 PM PST by fwdude (It is not the liberals who will destroy this country, but the "moderates.")
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson and his wife were leaving dinner at a new pizza joint near their home in Omaha one night last week when a patron began complaining about Nelson's decisive vote in favor of the Senate's health care bill. Other customers started booing. A woman yelled, "Get him the hell out of here!" And the Nelsons and their dining companions beat a hasty retreat.
Thanks JRochelle.
15 posted on 01/14/2010 3:22:55 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Happy New Year! Freedom is Priceless.)
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To: Gene Eric

I’m in Texas, but I sent an unprecedented (for me) email to another state’s Senator due to the magnitude of the peril in this despicable bill. I roundly condemned his whoredom, and I’d do it again. Unforgivable.


16 posted on 01/14/2010 3:24:45 PM PST by fwdude (It is not the liberals who will destroy this country, but the "moderates.")
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To: JRochelle
Just MAYBE he had no choice

Three words: Rahm Israel Emanuel

I might be wrong but knowing that there is a bunch of Chicago thugs in the white house anything is possible.

17 posted on 01/14/2010 3:26:28 PM PST by lmarie373 (*These little guys might look cute and cuddly, but trust us: they will kill you.-on emanuel brothers)
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To: JRochelle

18 posted on 01/14/2010 3:36:00 PM PST by EternalVigilance (With God, Obama can't hurt us. Without God, George Washington couldn't save us.)
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To: JRochelle

Remember we used to praise Nelson here, that he was the “real Republican” over Chuck Nagel? Not anymore.


19 posted on 01/14/2010 3:42:43 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: JRochelle

“It’s a new experience for Nelson.”

Being reviled and cursed is a new experience that many of our elites are going to experience. No more Mr. Niceguy!


20 posted on 01/14/2010 4:01:00 PM PST by DarthVader (Liberalism is the politics of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

You must mean Chuck Hagel.


21 posted on 01/14/2010 4:03:28 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: JRochelle

They’ll reelect him by 2012 — one constant in our political universe is the extremely short memories and abundantly forgiving attitudes of Democrat voters for one of their own office-holders.


22 posted on 01/14/2010 4:10:10 PM PST by patriot preacher (To be a good American Citizen and a Christian IS NOT a contradiction. (www.mygration.blogspot.com))
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To: fwdude

I also emailed Nelson a few weeks ago telling him that “Judas Iscariot would be proud.”


23 posted on 01/14/2010 4:54:08 PM PST by Joan912 (currently amoungst the ranks of the unemployed...)
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To: JRochelle

Cliche time in regards to this walking dead Democrat - can’t unring a bell.


24 posted on 01/14/2010 5:00:29 PM PST by Baladas ((ABBHO))
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To: JRochelle
David Di Martino, a former Nelson aide and now a Washington-based consultant, said that the millions of dollars’ worth of TV ads that doused the state at the end of the year helped shape public opinion — and that, ultimately, anger will subside once people start seeing the benefits of the bill.

Oh, nice spin, Washington-based consultant, but people won't start "seeing the benefits," if any such thing exists, until 2014. By then, Nelson will be history.

25 posted on 01/14/2010 5:01:07 PM PST by hsalaw
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To: JRochelle

He almost seems to be another nice guy corrupted by the scum in Washington. Kinda’ sad but he did it to himself.


26 posted on 01/14/2010 5:31:47 PM PST by donhunt (No one wants to see GMs new convertible, the Pelosi, with its top down!)
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