Rearranging the Tables and Chairs at the Pizzeria
Posted by Ryne McClaren on February 27, 2010
Ben Nelson can’t decide whether he’d like to go eat at an Omaha pizzeria… or maybe just stay at home and serve his constituents a hearty platter of derangement: Nelson tries to turn tables on “kickback.”
Trying to make the best of a bad political situation – and to get people to forget the snappy term that helped his detractors publicize it – U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson has come up with his own catch phrase.
The so-called “Cornhusker Kickback,” says the Democrat, should really be called the “Cornhusker Kickoff.”
Excuse me, but I’m gagging right now.
The man is simply stunning in his inability to fathom that his Nebraska constituents are not, in fact, stupid. Maybe misguided for electing him in the first place, but he gave us a good song and dance and we bought it. Our bad. (Well, to be honest, someone bought it. I did not vote for the man in 2006.)
Nelson says that’s because a much-criticized Medicaid concession he won under the previous health care proposal for Nebraska, which was labeled the “Cornhusker Kickback,” has been extended to all states under President Barack Obama’s new proposal.
This act is getting so old. Harry Reid planted Ben a big, fat turkey in a piece of legislation to buy his vote. But poor old Ben still goes all doe eyed every time he has to trot out the “I thought everyone was getting it!” Thereby admitting that he really never read what he was voting on in the first place.
Initially I feared that having the Cornhusker Kickback withdrawn would give Ben some second life, some credibility to the “I thought everyone was getting it” lie. After all, 2012 is still several political lifetimes away — as Ben is fond of pointing out.
But still he wants to talk about the Cornhusker Kickback? Wow. I mean, that’s good, but wow.
If he keeps talking about it, it’s going to feel even better checking the box for his opponent in 2012. And I wasn’t sure that was going to be possible.