Democratic Senator Nelson isn't as principled as first thought. Nelson considers himself pro-life, yet he is willing to allow taxpayers to fund abortions for others, despite saying he would not. Why? He was bought:
Despite the perks Nelson managed to garner for Nebraska in finally agreeing to support the overhaul bill, the backlash from those who wanted Nelson to hold a hard line against the measure was immediate.Apparently, he was also threatened:
Nelson isn't taking the backlash lying down.Notice this line: "They're ignoring the fact that not only were there good reasons to do what I did, but that there would have been a backlash the other way."
"This is all orchestrated," Nelson said Sunday. "It's so thinly disguised ... it's almost laughable.
"So far, the focus seems to have been on some people who are angry. They're ignoring the fact that not only were there good reasons to do what I did, but that there would have been a backlash the other way."
What backlash? Harry Reid would have made sure that Nelson was never appointed to key Senate committees? Maybe the DNC would have withheld funding for Nelson's future reelection campaigns? What was the backlash that he was referring to?
The problem isn't that Nelson went with his anti-life counterparts in the senate, but that he claims to be pro-life while doing so. Nelson is a Benedict Arnold to the unborn. Judas Iscariot would be pleased with Nelson's decision to allow the blood of the unborn to flow for "thirty pieces of silver".
Nelson might be quick to point out that one of the compromises was to allow states to determine whether abortions were funded or not. But federal taxes are national, and if I pay taxes that go to abortions in California I still have a problem with that. Apparently Nelson has no problem with that. He thinks that Nebraskans will be satisfied with not funding abortions in Nebraska despite funding abortions in other states. After all, Nebraskans pay federal taxes too.
Nelson isn't principled. He is a teenager that allowed peer pressure in the form of subsidies, funding, and bully tactics to make him give up his pro-life stance. He is a turncoat at worst, and a coward at best. I think that he is probably both. Now it is up to Nebraska to make sure he doesn't represent their state after his next reelection bid. If he thinks this backlash is orchestrated, Nebraskans should prove just how grass-roots it really is at the polls.