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Though Elena Kagan's confirmation to the Supreme Court hasn't really been in question, the support of five Republicans means that there's no jeopardy in next week's vote.

Retiring Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H. announced Friday that he will vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, making him the fifth Republican to indicate support for Obama's pick for the job....

Gregg was one of four Republicans who voted both for Kagan’s confirmation as Solicitor General and for Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The other three – Sens. Collins, Lugar, and Snowe – have also said they will vote for Kagan.

Lindsey Graham is the other. Ben Nelson, however, won't. At least that's what CNN's Senior Political Editor Mark Preston tweets:

Neb. Sen. Ben Nelson will vote against Kagan, but will vote with Dems. to help break a filibuster if needed.

That's confirmed in this statement from Nelson's office, based on "concerns" (unspecified) he's heard from Nebraskans. I'm sure Nebraska has been burning up Nelson's phone lines with calls about Kagan.

Nice of him to at least decide he could break this filibuster, particularly now that he knows he won't need to. All of which goes to show that in one area, the Supreme Court,the ultimate vote will generally be along party lines but with enough Republicans who believe that the President's should be shown deferrence in his choice to confirm. Hopefully that will lead Obama, if he is faced with another appointment in his next six years, to nominate a demonstrated liberal to the court.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 06:00 PM PDT.

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  •  Why doesn't Nelson just switch and make it (11+ / 0-)

    official that he a Republican????

    Useless!!!

  •  Six years? (6+ / 0-)

    Hopefully that will lead Obama, if he is faced with another appointment in his next six years, to nominate a demonstrated liberal to the court.

    I like your optimism, and will do my part to make it be a chance for the Obama administration over the next six years. But given the WATB knee-jerking that goes on form the left, I would not say another 6 is likely unless many on the left get their collective heads out of their asses and give him more Democrats in Congress, not less.

    cheers,

    Mitch Gore

    Who is a Tea Partier? Someone who listens to Glenn Beck. Who's an anti-Tea Partier? Someone who understands Glenn Beck

    by Lestatdelc on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 06:04:02 PM PDT

  •  He heard she's anti-bovine. (8+ / 0-)

    And that makes her unacceptable to many Nebraskans.

    At least that's all I keep hearing from relatives in Lincoln.

    This is now posted by a bot.

    by Bob Johnson on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 06:04:33 PM PDT

  •  What was Ben Nelson doing on Christmas Day? (4+ / 0-)

    Like most Blue Dogs, he was patching up his toupee with the proceeds of his monthly Brazilian.

  •  Heroic Ben Nelson (5+ / 0-)

    Retire already, numbnuts.

    Here we are now Entertain us I feel stupid and contagious

    by Scarce on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 06:06:11 PM PDT

  •  What exactly has Ben Nelson (4+ / 0-)

    done for the Democratic Party?  Something that is significant?  Sorry, I know I shouldn't say this, but I would rather have a Republican in that seat than him if a primary challenger is not viable.  I detest phonies -- and he is a big one.

    "We think the truth is bad enough. It obviously is." -- Fishgrease

    by gchaucer2 on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 06:07:06 PM PDT

    •  HCR and Fin. Reg got his cloture vote (4+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      askew, virginislandsguy, v2aggie2, royce

      or we would have neither. I dislike the man, and wish we had a reliable, progressive vote instead of Nelson's unreliable one, but until such time as we can get more Democratic Senators than we currently have, I'll gladly take a Nelson vs. having that be a GOP held seat.

      cheers,

      Mitch Gore

      Who is a Tea Partier? Someone who listens to Glenn Beck. Who's an anti-Tea Partier? Someone who understands Glenn Beck

      by Lestatdelc on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 06:11:52 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Ever hear of the Cornhusker Kickback? (0+ / 0-)

        So he sold his HCR vote, and was going to filibuster FinReg until he heard the Consumer Protection gig would need Senate confirmation.  

        Politics is like playing Asteroids - You go far enough to the left and you end up on the right. Or vice-versa.

        by Jonze on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 06:20:06 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Yes I have (0+ / 0-)

          Just as I have heard of his disgusting vote against UI extension this week.

          However my point still stands.

          cheers,

          Mitch Gore

          Who is a Tea Partier? Someone who listens to Glenn Beck. Who's an anti-Tea Partier? Someone who understands Glenn Beck

          by Lestatdelc on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 06:25:20 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Actually it doesn't (3+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            LordMike, Matt Z, AZ RedWingsFan

            You seem to think that Nelson is actually helping advance Democratic party policies and objectives.

            The truth of this though -- is that he ends up doing exactly the opposite - appeasing Nelson has ended up with far greater political and policy costs than he is delivering

            He is a poster child of why the Democratic base is NOT motivated -- as long as the DNC and establishment Democratic party insiders allow him to stick is thumb in the eyes of Democrats and show the base his middle finger -- it becomes much more difficult to elect "more and better" democrats all the while dealing worse and worse policy and politics -- simply to appease "one of our own: -- namely a Democrat (in name anyway)-- whereas appeasement could be far more palatable to "the base" if it was at least to attract someone from the other side of the aisle

            Nelson hurts the Democratic party -- policy AND politically at far greater cost than his nominal and occasional support

            "I want to keep them alive long enough that I can win them to Christ," - Rick Warren, Professional Greed Driven Scumbag

            by josephk on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 07:42:54 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

      •  but he wouldn't vote for u-e (3+ / 0-)
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        LordMike, AZ RedWingsFan, ScottDog

        ...sure, Nebraska has like 1% unemployment or something ridiculous...

        because we (meaning the rest of the country) subsidize the big industry in Nebraska...

        corn!

        I say, stop the damn subsidies!!!!

        and what, the piece of walking sh*t couldn't vote with his party to stop the suffering of millions of Americans..?!

        Ben Nelson can rot for all I care....

        "Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle." -Helen Keller

        by ridemybike on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 07:35:05 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  It is called representing your constituencies... (0+ / 0-)

          NE = Low unemployment and fiscal conservative desires...makes sense to me that he would vote no...now if he was from AZ with the same political philosophy...I would be calling afoul...

          Obama - Change I still believe in

          by dvogel001 on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 10:45:40 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  Yes, I have wondered (0+ / 0-)

      This week I called up Reid's office and asked when the vote would come up. It had not been scheduled but was intended before the August recess.

    •  I'd say this (0+ / 0-)

      means he is switching parties for sure.

  •  He's bidding his (2+ / 0-)

    time until the senate is again on the brink and will switch if he has the chance.

    Support Progressive Candidates!

    by ndrwmls10 on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 06:07:54 PM PDT

  •  And he really thinks voting against her (2+ / 0-)
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    jds1978, DefendOurConstitution

    will help him get re-elected?

    HA HA HA

    Republicans===the party of the 1% rich people in America. Or in other words..The Party of NO!

    by jalapeno on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 06:08:00 PM PDT

    •  The NRA is actively against Kagen (1+ / 0-)
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      Trotskyrepublican

      and in Nebraska, the NRA is very powerful. That is probably why he will vote against Kagen. As an outsider, non-Nebraskan, I don't know how he finesses his vote for cloture.

      If you are older than 55, never take a sleeping pill and a laxative at the same time!

      by fredlonsdale on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 07:32:08 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  There won't be a cloture vote... (0+ / 0-)

        Voting will proceed by unanimous consent.  The GOP has said they won't filibuster, so no cloture vote.

        DARTH SPECTER: I am altering the deal! Pray I don't alter it any further!
        LANDO REID: This deal keeps getting worse all the time!

        by LordMike on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 10:46:15 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Nelson = Alleged "Democrat"... (3+ / 0-)

    ...his actions for the most part don't support his choice of party identification.  

  •  Those New England Republicans will probably..... (3+ / 0-)
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    LordMike, jds1978, Matt Z

    ...actually be voting what's left of their consciences.

    The kind New England Republicans used to have.

    "So, am I right or what?"

    by itzik shpitzik on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 06:10:00 PM PDT

  •  Eh, he'll vote to break filibuster... (4+ / 0-)
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    Lestatdelc, askew, jj32, Matt Z

    ... that's what matters.

    Hyperbole will be the death of us all!

    by MrHinkyDink on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 06:12:26 PM PDT

  •  Unspecified concerns (4+ / 0-)

    from unspecified Nebraskans.

    He can kiss my unspecified ass.

    I want to live forever. So far, so good.

    by NMDad on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 06:12:51 PM PDT

  •  Why is Gregg voting "yes?" (0+ / 0-)

    Lugar, Snow, Collins and Graham all are expected (they all voted "yes" for Sotomayor, after all), but what brought this on from Gregg? Is this a brief glimpse of the so-called "moderate" who was once Obama's choice to be Commerce Secretary instead of the raving dumbass we've seen ever since? Weird.

    As for Ben Nelson, well, at least he'll vote "yes" to break a filibuster (not that any will be possible or desired by the GOP, unless Sessions is off his meds). But this is just another annoying action from him.

  •  Ben's puke on a stick. (5+ / 0-)
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    LordMike, Big Tex, jds1978, jtown, ridemybike

    Sorry if anyone is having dinner, but this guy needs to be dropped kicked in the lobster tank at your local grocery.

    Or something.

  •  Ben Nelson's 42% approval rating in Nebraska (6+ / 0-)
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    Mogolori, jj32, MrJersey, Matt Z, jtown, ridemybike

    ..should tell him he's already past his due date.

    Sen. Ben Nelson's (D-Neb.) approval ratings have slid since voting for health reform legislation, according to a poll released Sunday .

    48 percent of Nebraskans say they disapprove of the way Nelson, a centrist who provided Democrats with the critical 60th vote for health reform, is handling his job. 42 percent said they approve, according to a poll by Wiese Research Associates conducted for the Omaha-World Herald.

    Those numbers mark a slide for Nelson, who won reelection in 2006 with nearly 64 percent of the vote.

    http://thehill.com/...

    Here we are now Entertain us I feel stupid and contagious

    by Scarce on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 06:14:23 PM PDT

  •  talk radio rules in nebraska like many other (5+ / 0-)
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    Mogolori, LordMike, ivycompton, fabucat, jtown
    rural states and it is amazing and tragic that there is no specific effort by dems to challenge talk radio- the right's single most effective political tool.

    Progressives will lose all major messaging battles until they picket the limbaugh/hannity megastations and boycott those stations' local sponsors.

    by certainot on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 06:15:09 PM PDT

    •  I agree!!! (2+ / 0-)
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      Mogolori, ivycompton

      I was listening to short wave radio and on this "religious" station, this numbnuts claimed that Obama was a secret Muslim, that he had been bankrolled by the Saudis all of his life, and that he was gonna bomb Iran on the Saudis orders.  And that's probably pretty tame.  

  •  Time for a Nelson trade (1+ / 0-)
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    Mogolori

    Ben Nelson isn't a committee chairman. He's been in the Senate since 2000 with not much to show for it. His prospects could improve with a trade to the other side, and our side could promise a plum assignment, maybe a chair.

    He serves on these:
    Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry
    Appropriations
    Armed Services
    Rules & Administration

    CLEAR Act would sell carbon shares to fuel producers and would return 75 percent of the resulting revenue in $1,100 checks to every American.

    by mrobinson on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 06:15:52 PM PDT

  •  Has Lincoln said how she is voting? (0+ / 0-)

    I had wondered if Nelson and/or Lincoln might be "no", as they try to win re-election.

  •  Ben Nelson (0+ / 0-)

    what a weenie.

    "Mr. President, I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed." General Buck Turgidson

    by muledriver on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 06:17:02 PM PDT

  •  Logic Much? (2+ / 0-)
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    ivycompton, Big Tex

    All of which goes to show that in one area, the Supreme Court,the ultimate vote will generally be along party lines but with enough Republicans who believe that the President's should be shown deferrence in his choice to confirm. Hopefully that will lead Obama, if he is faced with another appointment in his next six years, to nominate a demonstrated liberal to the court.

    I agree 100% that Kagan is anything but a "demonstrated liberal" and is thus a disappointing pick for progressives under the circumstances, but I otherwise don't quite see what you're arguing here.

    First, Obama is unlikely to have this many Democrats in the Senate in the future. To the extent that the Kagan pick was made out of fear that a more clearly liberal pick would run into difficulties, Obama will have all the more reason to fear that his next pick won't make it through the Senate.

    Second, what evidence do we have that Kagan's likely centrism isn't exactly what Obama wants to put on the Court?  You seem to assume that this pick was dictated by politics.

    Finally, why should we believe that those Republican votes represent some generalized commitment to deference as opposed to their realization that, as a replacement for Stevens,  Kagan very well might move the Court even further to the right?  Given that we have a Democratic president and sixty Democratic votes in the Senate, this is an unbelievably good pick from a Republican perspective.

    "[P]olitical hacks will behave like political hacks, regardless of party affiliation." - Scott Horton

    by GreenSooner on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 06:17:34 PM PDT

    •  Well, as far as the last part (0+ / 0-)

      I believe Lugar and Gregg also voted for Sotomayor, Ginsburg and Breyer. So, I think there is evidence that they believe in deference to the president's nominees.

      •  oops, my mistake, Lugar was a no on Breyer n/t (0+ / 0-)
      •  I don't think we've had clear tests... (0+ / 0-)

        ...of this proposition.

        The last really liberal Democratic nominee was Abe Fortas in 1968 (and of all of the Democratic appointments since then, only Ginsburg was clearly more liberal than the Justice she replaced). So we have no way of telling whether Gregg is generically deferential or simply willing to confirm centrists.

        As you note below, we know that Lugar is not.

        "[P]olitical hacks will behave like political hacks, regardless of party affiliation." - Scott Horton

        by GreenSooner on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 11:59:23 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Kagan moves the court to the right? Really? (2+ / 0-)
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      dvogel001, Matt Z

      Can we end this endless BS argument that any candidate choice other the preferred progressive choice is a "move to the right"? The same nonsense was said about Sotomayor, and yet, with Citizens United, when we needed a voice to challenge the idea of why corporations should be considered as having any natural rights, who spoke up?

      Justice Sotomayor.

      Kagan may not be a firebrand liberal activist, but she doesn't have to be to agree with liberal causes, and not having established progressive cred doesn't make her a rightie.

      Arguing that it does, or that President Obama is a center right, or Republican President for her nomination or others (and I have heard that around here) is ridiculous, and doesn't help us.

      •  Compare Kagan to Stevens. (0+ / 0-)

        What evidence do you have that she is to his left?

        I didn't say she was a rightie. I said that she is likely to the right of Stevens. Thus, when she replaces Stevens, the Court as a whole will move further to the right.

        Sotomayor replacing Souter is a similar circumstance (I believe Stevens himself has suggested that Sotomayor is potentially to Souter's right).

        I entirely agree that suggesting that Sotomayor or Kagan resemble the kinds of people that Republican presidents would pick is ridiculous. But I didn't do that. Instead, I suggested that they represent pretty much the best pick, from a Republican Senator's perspective, that one might get from a Democratic President.

        Finally, the measure of one's evaluation of a Supreme Court pick by any president should be the accuracy of that evaluation, not whether or not the evaluation "helps us" (though I tend to think that honesty and accuracy is always helpful).

        "[P]olitical hacks will behave like political hacks, regardless of party affiliation." - Scott Horton

        by GreenSooner on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 11:55:59 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Has Ben Nelson (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    ivycompton, fabucat

    ever voted with Democrats?  Why is he even a Democrat?

    •  Numerious times (6+ / 0-)

      Your comment is a good example of the over-the-top, circular firing squad hyperbole which makes the left useless most of the time.

      If you dislike Nelson so much (and I certainly have no love for the guy a lot of the time) then primary him with a viable Democratic candidate that can win that seat, and increase the margin of the Democratic caucus in the Senate in other races as well.

      cheers,

      Mitch Gore

      Who is a Tea Partier? Someone who listens to Glenn Beck. Who's an anti-Tea Partier? Someone who understands Glenn Beck

      by Lestatdelc on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 06:23:34 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  the ongoing defense (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        LordMike, Code Monkey

        and support of these faux Dems is exactly why we continue to be saddled with them. Time to drag out the "we can't elect anyone better in that district," and my personal favorite, "sacrificing the good for the perfect," and when all else fails, accusations of "purity."

        As long as we aspire to elect crap Dems, we'll be amply supplied with them.

    •  Control over committees (2+ / 0-)
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      virginislandsguy, edwardssl

      Regardless of how Nelson votes on issues, he is part of our Democratic majority that keeps committees out of GOP hands.
      Patrick Leahy instead of Orrin Hatch.

  •  A big boot in the tahini to Sen. Lisa Murkowski (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    MJB

    of Alaska for voting against her second woman on the Supreme Court.

    How about six years of Sen. Scott McAdams instead???
    Mayor of Sitka--very cool.

    http://scottmcadams.org

  •  Ben Nelson makes me fucking sick! ughh!!! (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    ivycompton
  •  Good ole Benny boy (0+ / 0-)

    A regular profile in weasel-dom.

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

    by noofsh on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 06:38:00 PM PDT

  •  Baloney... (0+ / 0-)
    the only thing that matters is cloture...now it is a stupid move...becaus nobody will be happy with him on the RW or LW now...it is like...I voted for her before I didn't...

    But at the end of the day...voting for cloture is the real test...

    Obama - Change I still believe in

    by dvogel001 on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 06:41:58 PM PDT

  •  What a liar (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    LordMike

    Ben Nelson is. I doubt if he could come up with one constituent who's called him about Kagan. But of course he can always be counted on to oppose anything Democrats come up with. Question is, why is he even a Democrat? He's like a stealth Republican plant. And since there are never any repercussions from this White House against Dems who vote against Democratic (and the American people's) interests, he just does as he pleases.

    Today Obama called the charges against Charlie Rangel "very troubling." More troubling to me is that Obama can't be bothered to criticize trash like John Ensign, who are nailed for ethics violations yet continue to serve with impunity, knowing the Republicans won't oust him or his cohort, the loathsome Tom Coburn. Obama can always take time to criticize a fellow Dem, just like he criticizes progressives and our causes, when he isn't ignoring them. Or to court phonies like the Maine Twins, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe. The whole thing is disgusting.

    "The world has raised its whip. Where will it descend?" -- Virginia Woolf

    by ivycompton on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 06:48:43 PM PDT

  •  ughh (0+ / 0-)

    what a weirdo. but, it's good if he'll help break a threat of filibuster. this is what's been needed all along. if Dems want to vote against whatever, as a symbolic gesture or political posture or just because they friggin want to, that's fine. but enabling the filibuster threats is so beyond the pale, and they've been getting away with it since the Dems took over in '06/7. Ben Nelson should have been voting this way, ever since then.

    •  He's running scared (1+ / 0-)
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      itsbenj

      Ever since his polls plummeted after the heath care vote, he's turned hard right. HARD. I don't even recognize that he's a D any more.

      "Tomorrow Glenn Beck's army of zombie retirees are marching on Washington in protest of, well, everything. It's the Million Moron March.." - Bill Maher

      by AZ RedWingsFan on Sat Jul 31, 2010 at 09:04:20 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  this shit is not rocket science (0+ / 0-)

        you take Nelson, threaten the shit out of his pork and pet projects, tell him if he  doesn't vote with cloture he'll never see another dime, but if he does well, he'll get little increases above what he's used to getting, thus creating more wealth, jobs, etc in his state. win-win. apparently nobody ever thought of taking this approach, and they're going to pay for it by losing the seat, as well as all of the legislation he made impossible in the mean time. idiots.

  •  Send him another $500,000., DNC (0+ / 0-)
    Another good time for the DNC to send the Senator $500,000. Don't you think?
  •  my thoughts on ben nelson (0+ / 0-)

  •  "In his next 6 years" (2+ / 0-)
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    askew, LordMike

    Ahhh, music to my ears.

    Oh, and Nelson can bite me.

    This is not a book (Atlas Shrugged) to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown, with great force. - Dorothy Parker

    by edwardssl on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 07:25:21 PM PDT

  •  perfect sarcasm here: (0+ / 0-)

    I'm sure Nebraska has been burning up Nelson's phone lines with calls about Kagan.

    :)

    "Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle." -Helen Keller

    by ridemybike on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 07:26:30 PM PDT

  •  If Kagan has plenty of votes to be confirmed (3+ / 0-)
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    dvogel001, virginislandsguy, Matt Z

    why am I supposed to care how Nelson votes on this?

    Barack Obama for President '08

    by v2aggie2 on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 07:28:33 PM PDT

  •  Is there a documentable point when Ben Nelson (0+ / 0-)

    pulled off the impossible feat of becoming more odious than Joe Lieberman.  He is starting to make the Senator from CT look like a real member of the Democratic caucus.

    And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

    by MrJersey on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 08:04:56 PM PDT

  •  Obama won't nominate a liberal (0+ / 0-)

    because he doesn't want to nominate a liberal. 60 votes is just a convenient excuse, as we've now seen once again.

    Formerly known as Jyrinx.

    “If I can't dance to it, it's not my revolution.” -- Emma Goldman

    by Code Monkey on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 08:16:20 PM PDT

  •  Another stupid diary from a FP'er (0+ / 0-)
    All of which goes to show that in one area, the Supreme Court,the ultimate vote will generally be along party lines
    .

    Really ? Tell that to nelson. You should be calling out the turncoat of senator nelson, instead a stupid snide attack on the prez, don't you think, joan ?

    How about what 'liberal' judge you are rooting for instead just spouting the well worn-out platitude ?

    BP - Proving Oil and Water do mix.
    A Presidency Among the Vuvuzelas.
    palin's ability to sound like a vuvuzela while twittering is remarkable.

    by amk for obama on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 08:58:23 PM PDT

  •  How do you explain Nebraska politics? (1+ / 0-)
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    LordMike

    I've lived here for almost thirty years and still can't quite do it justice.

    This is a state with strong progressive artifacts: a gorgeous art deco capitol building made debt free during the Depression (the previous one, that is, in the '30s) from small donations, a unicameral legislature, publicly owned power districts (socialism!!!), William Jennings Bryan's house, George Norris's legacy. And then you get talk radio basically crapping all over our state history for being politically incorrect--correct meaning Hoover Republicanism.

    I really think Nelson thought he was going to be the next George Norris in a Democratic environment. It probably wouldn't have worked--he never really had good ideas as governor--and then Florida in 2000 put paid to that environment, so he's basically been playing defense ever since.

    He sells himself to Nebraskans as being independent, although his background as an insurance guy tends to make him side with insurance guys everywhere.  At public events here he trashes Dems but claims to be the clearheaded Democrat, bringing restraint to the party.  He is totally alone on the congressional delegation (4 R's and his lone D, with a vast shortage of D's on the state level).  My wife met him once back in 1994 and says that when he was governor he was this smiling guy. He doesn't smile anymore.

    I can't see him running in '12--the R's are going to do anything to break up Democratic power bases in urban Omaha and (to a lesser extent) in non-government Lincoln.  If he does run, winning is going to be tough.  The D's are failing to come up with candidates for offices out here in the hinterland--we really are coming up on one party rule out here!  If it's not worth it to get someone to run as a Democrat for county auditor, how do you ever expect to find a Democrat to run for Senator?

    Sorry for the depressing news. I don't want to defend the guy; I am appalled at so much of what he does (Dawn Johnsen, Kagan, the games around HCR). I just thought that a little local perspective is in order.  This is, after all, the last state Clinton hadn't visited as president, and he damn near had to get an extension of his term to get here.  There are reasons for that.

  •  Nelson a Corporations best friend (0+ / 0-)

    a democrat, I think not, an oligarch I think

  •  Nelson not to support Kagan (0+ / 0-)

    Why doesn't good ole Ben get it over with and just switch to the Republicans?

  •  Scalia/Thomas replacement (0+ / 0-)

     Of course,a few retiring and "press release" moderate GOPers will vote for Kagan. She's not tipping the balance of SCOTUS by replacing moderate Stephens. Now,should the coronary arteries of Scalia or Thomas permanently close from the globs of the cholesterol they ingest, all the GOP marbles would be on the table. You would probably get zilch GOP votes and a filibuster. At that point, Obama would have to put in any SCOTUS nominee via recess appointment or make the Senate (still Dem., we hope, but probably diminished by 3-4 seats) go "nuclear option", thank you ex-Sen. Frist. JFK and LBJ recessed some African American Federal Judges to get by segregationist Jud. Chair Eastland. For more on Kagan, SCOTUS, and the latest on "Tea Bagger" Tancredo, read   this

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