Another rat flees the ship—are the Dems sinking?
Sen. Ben (“Cornhusker Kickback”) Nelson of Nebraska, with 31 percent support for re-election and in damage control mode over his tainted crucial vote for Obamacare, gave a strange interview to a Nebraska paper in which he said, “I think it was a mistake to take health care on as opposed to continuing to spend the time on the economy … I would have preferred not to be dealing with health care in the midst of everything else, and I think working on the economy would have been a wiser move.”
This is unbelievable. The Senate just passed the damn thing two weeks ago, with Nelson’s own hard-bought (or easily bought) approval being the culminating and climactic step that clinched the landmark Democratic victory: the Senate and House leaders are now negotiating with a view to final passage; and Nelson chooses this moment to say that he wishes they had never dealt with the bill, never passed the bill?
I’m not making any predictions. But Nelson’s shame-faced, angst-filled, ass-covering remarks, combined with the announcements by two left-wing influential Democratic senators that they are not running for re-election, combined with liberal Republican governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s stunning 180 against the bill, combined with Speaker Pelosi’s uncharacteristic snipping at Obama, look like signs of a disintegrating Obamacare army, like Napoleon’s Grand Army capturing Moscow, its ultimate achievement, but finding an empty, deserted city with no one to surrender to them, followed by looting and a fire that destroyed most of the city, and a mere month after entering Moscow they abandoned it in disarray and confusion and headed back toward France, being picked off by Russian partisans, freezing to death in the early Russian winter, starving for lack of food, dropping dead in the snow, until a mere fragment of the once invincible army arrived back in Europe.
John Hagan writes
Here’s the good news: Americans are finally understanding liberalism. Here’s the bad news: short of a radical change in the culture, it’s almost too late to do anything to reverse the incredible damage liberalism has done.LA replies:
John, this is a fantastic statement of where we are now. It’s so good I just want to repeat it:John Hagan replies:
Thank you. I’m feeling good that this sickness is out in the open. It’s time. It’s past time.Ferg writes:
Well, it is tempting to think so. However, they all seem to ban together in a rat pack when faced with conservative opposition. I will withhold celebrating until the votes are in on the final bill.LA replies:
For the record, I wasn’t trying to persuade anyone of anything or make anyone think that something is going to happen. I have no idea what is going to happen and I was not making any sort of prediction. But sometimes there is a concatenation of events that hits you, and it has a certain shape and meaning, and so you write it down. There’s no claim that it’s the final or true meaning, but these glimpses that we have from time to time are part of the unfolding picture and they are worth expressing in their own right.January 7
James N. writes:
Re John Hagan’s comment: I don’t think the election of Obama has precipitated a crisis so much as it has revealed a crisis which has existed for many, many years.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at January 07, 2010 12:33 AM | Send