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Democrat Ben Nelson Opposes Elena Kagan, Will Vote against her confirmation (Do you believe this?)
ABC NEWS ^ | 07/30/2010 | Matthew Jaffe

Posted on 07/30/2010 7:55:51 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson announced late Friday he would vote against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

In a statement released this evening, Sen. Nelson said, "I have heard concerns from Nebraskans regarding Ms. Kagan, and her lack of a judicial record makes it difficult for me to discount the concerns raised by Nebraskans, or to reach a level of comfort that these concerns are unfounded. Therefore, I will not vote to confirm Ms. Kagan’s nomination."

Nelson is the only Democrat to oppose Kagan at this point. Five Republicans, on the other hand, have said they will support Kagan's nomination, giving her more than enough votes to win confirmation. A vote is expected in the Senate late next week.

Nelson has sided with Republicans on a number of votes in the past, most recently the restoration and extension of unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless.

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.abcnews.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: bennelson; confirmation; elenakagan; searchandfind; supremecourt
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1 posted on 07/30/2010 7:55:52 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

To little to late...but thanks for the vote.


2 posted on 07/30/2010 7:57:08 PM PDT by barmag25
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To: SeekAndFind

Would he do the same if he were the decisive vote?

I doubt it. Nelson is good for a Democrat and better than some Republicans, but I doubt it.


3 posted on 07/30/2010 7:59:02 PM PDT by Aetius
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To: SeekAndFind

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2562082/posts

Every little bit helps.


4 posted on 07/30/2010 7:59:09 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama's more worried about Israelis building houses than he is about Islamists building atomic bombs)
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To: barmag25

Wow, good for him. Making amends for his bad health care vote perhaps.

You would think Sen Lincoln, being almost sure to get defeated, would vote against Kagan too. But maybe she figures she has nothing to lose. Even if she did vote no her vote would probably be canceled out by Snowe, Collins, Brown, and maybe Gregg. What a shame. Makes it all the more upsetting they couldn’t have scrounged up a few thousand more votes in the last 2 elections so Sens Allen, Burns, Stevens, Coleman etc might still be there.


5 posted on 07/30/2010 8:00:17 PM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: SeekAndFind

This means a RINO agreed to vote for Kagan so Ben could repair his image back home.


6 posted on 07/30/2010 8:04:24 PM PDT by kevao
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To: SeekAndFind

No. Any vote against her confirmination is only to fool the peasants. There will be more than enough votes for her confirmation.

The voters really done themselves proud in 2006 and 2008. Soon they will learn for themselves how proud they can be.


7 posted on 07/30/2010 8:05:50 PM PDT by sport
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To: SeekAndFind

He’s scrambling to save his sorry ass .... I hope Nebraskans are smarter than that.


8 posted on 07/30/2010 8:09:55 PM PDT by jtal
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To: SeekAndFind

Harry ‘the serpent’ Reid has more than enough votes to confirm the slug, so some of the vulnerable criminal party memebrs will be allowed to feign non-support for the commie slug.


9 posted on 07/30/2010 8:14:22 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Dem voters, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when deceived.)
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To: SeekAndFind

If he was the 41st to filibuster then it would mean something.

Just pandering and worth nothing.


10 posted on 07/30/2010 8:21:45 PM PDT by Soul Seeker (?)
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To: SeekAndFind

He must feel he is in trouble with his constitutes...now he is acting like a republican lite...


11 posted on 07/30/2010 8:23:28 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: SeekAndFind
I believe it. There is no courage here as Kagan will likely be confirmed.

I have a good friend in Omaha who tells me that Nelson is still booed out of restaurants for his health care vote.

12 posted on 07/30/2010 8:24:50 PM PDT by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: SeekAndFind

This wont work, we remember the health care vote.


13 posted on 07/30/2010 8:25:58 PM PDT by Husker24
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To: sport

Exactly...

Smoke and mirrors. Just like with health/deathcare; some voted against it only when they were sure it would pass.


14 posted on 07/30/2010 8:27:37 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman
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To: nonliberal

I have a good friend in Omaha who tells me that Nelson is still booed out of restaurants for his health care vote.

I love it! He was a total dirtbag by taking that bribe. Americans see this crap and are sick of it. Term limits for all!


15 posted on 07/30/2010 8:28:35 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m sure he was given permission to vote no, they have the votes to confirm her, so they’re giving him an out on this.


16 posted on 07/30/2010 8:32:50 PM PDT by Ballygrl
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To: SeekAndFind

Dems must have enough votes to confirm her without Nelson....


17 posted on 07/30/2010 8:33:32 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: jtal
**I hope Nebraskans are smarter than that.**

I am.

Most others are too.

18 posted on 07/30/2010 8:41:16 PM PDT by MountainDad (Support your local Militia)
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To: SeekAndFind

No, I don’t believe it. He’s signaling that he wants a little retirement money to change his vote.


19 posted on 07/30/2010 8:51:03 PM PDT by PhiloBedo
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To: SeekAndFind

There’s no kickback in it for Ben so what the hey.


20 posted on 07/30/2010 8:57:17 PM PDT by PaleoBob
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To: SeekAndFind

It means:

A) The Democrats have the votes, and

B) Nelson is worried and trying to get conservative credentials back.

I say, donate to his opponent and do your best to throw the bastard out at election time...which I think is 2012 for him.


21 posted on 07/30/2010 8:59:32 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (When the ass brays, don't reply...)
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To: SeekAndFind

I wonder if the little Republican fairy from Carolina has heard about this.


22 posted on 07/30/2010 9:02:45 PM PDT by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: Tzimisce
Dems must have enough votes to confirm her without Nelson....

Let's see...What's 59 - 1 + 4 RINOs again?

23 posted on 07/30/2010 9:05:04 PM PDT by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: TNCMAXQ

Lindsey Graham-nesty as well...


24 posted on 07/30/2010 9:34:49 PM PDT by txrangerette ("...hold to the truth; speak without fear". - Glenn Beck -)
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To: SeekAndFind

He’s trolling. Wants to be bought.


25 posted on 07/30/2010 9:45:09 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama .......yes.......is fascist... ..He meets every diagnostic of history.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Nelson's "NO" vote is flat out insincere, disingenuous and deceitful. It's totally misleading and Levin talked about it on his show tonight...

The last sentence in the article states:

"Nelson did note that if a procedural vote is held on Kagan, he will NOT filibuster, since he believes Kagan deserves an up or down vote."

So, he will VOTE yes to bring an up and down vote and will vote NO on Keagan knowing the RATS (and RINOS) have the VOTES to CONFIRM her! His "NO" vote is in effect a YES vote because he WILL NOT filibuster her. I guess Nelson and the ruling class think we're too damn stupid to recognize how dishonest his "no vote" claim is.....

26 posted on 07/30/2010 9:53:32 PM PDT by kara2008
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To: SeekAndFind

Bad Hair Ben is hoping that he can convince the idiot republican Nebraskans who have supported him that he’s not really an obama butt boy but it won’t work this time. When you lose make like our other former POS governor/senator and stay on the east coast.

FUBO


27 posted on 07/30/2010 9:58:32 PM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: SeekAndFind

The fine GOP senator from Indiana, Lugar, is voting to install her as well. Indiana! Not Cali, or Oregon.. INDIANA! WTH?

He was the first GOPer to come out for Sotomeyer, too.


28 posted on 07/30/2010 10:00:03 PM PDT by TeachableMoment
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To: TNCMAXQ
Wow, good for him. Making amends for his bad health care vote perhaps.

He knows his vote is meaningless, so he's choosing to score some points with his constituents. If he had the deciding vote, he'd vote for her.

29 posted on 07/30/2010 10:10:57 PM PDT by Moonman62 (Politicians exist to break windows so they may spend other people's money to fix them.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes I believe it. He owes Obama one after Obama threw him under the bus.


30 posted on 07/30/2010 10:39:03 PM PDT by beckysueb (January 20, 2013. When Obama becomes just a skidmark on the panties of American history.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Well the RINO Twins from Maine will offset him.


31 posted on 07/30/2010 10:40:24 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: sport
...Any vote against her confirmination is only to fool the peasants. There will be more than enough votes for her confirmation.

I agree.

WAKE UP AMERICA!


Uncle Sam - BORK KAGAN

32 posted on 07/30/2010 10:59:37 PM PDT by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: kevao

A “Scott Brown Republican” is my guess.


33 posted on 07/30/2010 11:25:41 PM PDT by Carling (Remember November)
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To: Carling

It doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to figure out Ben Nelson’s motivation.

I’m the eternal optimist. Scott Brown will vote “No” on Kagan. Flame away, I’m going to bed.


34 posted on 07/30/2010 11:40:00 PM PDT by Former War Criminal (My senior Senator [who served in Vietnam and Rhode Island] said so.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Election year maneuvering. He must have special Obama dispensation to vote against Kagan, knowing that there are enough Senate votes without him. Folks back in Nebraska must still be pissed about the Cornhusker Kickback.
35 posted on 07/30/2010 11:54:42 PM PDT by BAW (Arizona.got it right.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Can we trade him for linseed?


36 posted on 07/31/2010 12:04:43 AM PDT by Carley (For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: SeekAndFind

He is trolling for another buy off.


37 posted on 07/31/2010 12:54:12 AM PDT by Iron Munro (You can't kill the beast while sucking at its teat - Claire Wolfe)
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To: SeekAndFind

As others have said, I think this is little more than a move to make Nelson appear moderate/conservative to the voters back home. If Kagan’s support were in danger, Nelson would probably support her.

As it is, she’s already got Collins, Graham, Gregg, Lugar, and Snowe from the GOP, and I think maybe Lamar Alexander (not sure about that one). Nelson can be the lone “nay” vote and she’ll still probably sail through without much trouble.


38 posted on 07/31/2010 1:01:26 AM PDT by DemforBush (Serpentine, Shel! SERPENTINE!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Transparent BS. Nelson is trying anything he can to make the citizens of Nebraska to forget about his yes vote on Obamacare. If the dems have to have a yes vote from him on Kagan then he would vote yes.
39 posted on 07/31/2010 3:06:15 AM PDT by saneright
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To: barmag25

who are the republicans? graham, scott, snowe?

this is a mockery.

maybe she’ll recuse herself from any of the major cases before her...

this whole presidency is a joke...

reminds me more and more of the carter years... without the inflation....


40 posted on 07/31/2010 5:28:11 AM PDT by nikos1121 (Praying for minus 24 today....at least minus 23...)
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To: SeekAndFind

He’ll do the usual hand wringing BS like that low life from colorado did regarding the health care bill...then in the end vote for her....

mccain voting fo her?


41 posted on 07/31/2010 5:29:25 AM PDT by nikos1121 (Praying for minus 24 today....at least minus 23...)
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To: SeekAndFind

The people of Nebraska,I’m told,have *long* memories.


42 posted on 07/31/2010 7:22:04 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (''I don't regret setting bombs,I feel we didn't do enough.'' ->Bill Ayers,Hussein's mentor,9/11/01)
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To: Former War Criminal
Scott Brown will vote yes on Kagan, that is a bet I would take anyday.
43 posted on 07/31/2010 8:26:42 AM PDT by mrsixpack36
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To: TNCMAXQ
Making amends for his bad health care vote perhaps.

Yep.

44 posted on 07/31/2010 8:39:51 AM PDT by GVnana (I'm a Mama Grizzly)
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To: GVnana

Manipulating Nebraskans too dumb to get it is more like it.


45 posted on 07/31/2010 8:41:18 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Dem voters, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when deceived.)
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To: Husker24

Hopefully ENOUGH remember those ‘healthcare’ votes-! Come on November-!


46 posted on 07/31/2010 9:10:38 AM PDT by imjimbo (The constitution SHOULD be our "gun permit")
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To: SeekAndFind

IOW the DNC and Reid have the votes and they released Nelson from voting for the left wing lunatic.


47 posted on 07/31/2010 9:14:51 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: SeekAndFind

She’s probably a freaking commie. I mean what does it take for an American sitting in Congress to wake up to this crap? Obama is a hard core leftist. He was the most liberal senator in congress. what did these fools expect? can someone explain why the gulf is shut down if there’s not problem and the oil evaporated? why is congress cutting the throats of people living along the gulf coast?


48 posted on 07/31/2010 10:21:35 AM PDT by kinghorse
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To: SeekAndFind

He’s desperate to rid himself of the stench of his corruption on the health care bribe. He’s going to be a total kiss-up to conservatives until he’s thrown from office.


49 posted on 07/31/2010 10:29:15 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Enjoy nature - eat meat, wear fur and drive your car!)
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To: Soul Seeker
"If he was the 41st to filibuster then it would mean something."

This.

Every time I hear a Dem voting against another worthless Dem, I think they are just being instructed to throw a (worthless) bone to the Repubs. If it was the 41st in a filibuster situation...yeah, that would be something to talk about. As it stands, he is backpedaling.

50 posted on 07/31/2010 10:43:48 AM PDT by Soothesayer9
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