Nelson will not vote for Elena Kagan

Senator Ben Nelson, who gets his jollies pretending to be a Democrat, just announced that he will NOT vote for Elena Kagan. Apparently he believes that only judges should be nominated to the Supreme Court, never mind that over a third of past justices have not been judges, including the first four Chief Justices: John Jay, John Rutledge, Oliver Ellsworth, and John Marshall. Too antiquated, you say? Then how about modern Chief Justices Earl Warren or WILLIAM REHNQUIST?

At least Nelson says he won't filibuster. His statement over at First Read:

“As a member of the bipartisan ‘Gang of 14,’ I will follow our agreement that judicial nominees should be filibustered only under extraordinary circumstances. If a cloture vote is held on the nomination of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court, I am prepared to vote for cloture and oppose a filibuster because, in my view, this nominee deserves an up or down vote in the Senate.

“However, 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.”

Ben Nelson will do anything to appear "independent," even if it means forever flushing logic, truth, and dare I say integrity down the toilet. He is the worst lawmaker in the United States Senate. He is harmful to America and harmful to the citizens of Nebraska. Just yesterday I sent him a letter that used the word "Pbbbbbbbbtttttthhhhhhhh" in response to his announcement that he will do whatever it takes to bring down Nebraska agriculture and vote against climate legislation. Remember also that although he did vote for the final product, Nelson filibustered the first attempt to pass cloture on financial reform, and that he is the reason it took so long to pass an extension of unemployment benefits. Forget the word progressive, and forget the phrase Blue Dog - this man is not even a Democrat.

And of course he would announce this on a Friday afternoon, just as everyone is checking out for the weekend. Cowardly slime ball.

Let's end this post on a related but lighter note: Republican Judd Gregg did announce that he will vote for Kagan. At least that's nice. Thank you, Senator Gregg, along with Senators Graham, Lugar, Collins, and Snowe, for putting country ahead of party, unlike so many of your colleagues.

Tags: Ben Nelson, Judd Gregg, Elena Kagan, Supreme Court, Nebraska, Traitor (all tags)



Plantation Blanche blazed quite a trail... political doom.

by NoFortunateSon 2010-07-30 07:57PM | 0 recs
RE: Plantation Blanche blazed quite a trail...

Y'know, if Sharron Angle moved to Nebraska to run against Benny in 2012, I just might contribute to her.

by Nathan Empsall 2010-07-30 08:16PM | 0 recs
Worst lawmaker in the Senate?

I agree with everything else in your post, but given the current makeup of the US Senate, that's a bit of hyperboyle.  After all, he did help bring some Republicans over to stop a fillibuster on the Stimulis bill.  My vote is for retiring Sen. Jim Bunning, who over his 12 year career has done nothing for his state and has been completely uninterested in lawmaking unless it involves steroid abuse in baseball.

by West of the Fields 2010-07-30 11:12PM | 0 recs
RE: Worst lawmaker in the Senate?

Fair enough re: Nelson, although re: Bunning, the man has insanity and senility going for him. What's Nelson's excuse?

by Nathan Empsall 2010-07-31 12:17AM | 0 recs
Your Contributions At Work

     Didn't the DNC or the DSCC, I forget which, spend $500,000 on ads praising Nelson after the health care reform bill passed?

by Ron Thompson 2010-07-31 01:27PM | 0 recs
RE: Your Contributions At Work

I'm not sure, though I probably would have done so too if I were them. That was before unemployment, Kagan, the finreg filibuster, and climate. He'd actually just voted for a major Obama bill to much consternation in his state - but he's more than made up for it since. Hindsight is 20/20.

by Nathan Empsall 2010-07-31 01:46PM | 0 recs
RE: Nelson will not vote for Elena Kagan

Do we have a record of Nelson's opinions on similar appointments in the past so we can nail him on any inconsistency? Maybe someone should get him on the record as to his opinoin of several ex judges who were not judges prior to appointment.

by Pravin 2010-07-31 05:19PM | 0 recs
RE: Nelson will not vote for Elena Kagan

He voted for Alito, Roberts, Sotoymayor.

It's worth saying that historically, you haven't seen the entire minority caucus (or nearly the entire minority caucus) vote to oppose a nominee.  A good number of the current justices were confirmed with over 90 votes from the Senate, including  Ginsburg, Scalia, and Kennedy.  (Breyer got 87 votes.)  Thomas is a notable exception, but he's been a terrible justice. 

Today's Republican has been trained to oppose anything any Democrat suggests, anywhere at any time. 

by RickD 2010-08-05 05:38PM | 1 recs
RE: Nelson will not vote for Elena Kagan

More than that - they'll oppose their OWN suggestions once Democrats come on board. See deficit commissions and market-based carbon solutions. Even the health bill was closer to the '93 GOP bill and the Nixon bill than any previous Democratic proposals.

by Nathan Empsall 2010-08-05 06:00PM | 0 recs


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