Sen. Ben Nelson said Tuesday it was a mistake for the Obama Administration to take on massive health care reforms in 2009, and suggested efforts would have been better spent addressing the economy. (Freemont Tribune)
No, Senator, it was a mistake for you to vote on the bill. The President is no longer in the Senate (and oh how we wish he was still there) – and therefore has no vote in the legislative process. The President may set the vision – and try to set the agenda – but it is you and your fellow legislative members that set policy.
I understand White House pressure. I understand that Sen. Harry Reid had you on speed dial. I understand that you were the subject of attack of many left-wing blogs during your days of “hold-out”. But no one – no one – can force you to vote. That is what your state sent you to do – vote on what you think is best.
For a while, you were the hope of many that there indeed could be a Democrat with some guts to stand up against the murderous practice of abortion – and in so doing prevent such a disastrous vote. Yet – not really surprising – you got bought off with the Nebraska exclusion. So much for guts and principles.
So, while I am perfectly willing and ready to blame President Obama for a great many things – he had nothing to do with your vote. The question is – do you have the guts to stop this bill when it comes up for the final vote? Let us hope that the source of your core values – the poll numbers – convinces you to do so.