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I know that Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson isn't real popular around DKos, but - speaking as a Nebraskan - I'm hoping everyone will take a good, hard look at the dangerous extremism that's our only real alternative in the 2012 election.  Earlier today, the blogger Ronaldo of New Nebraska Network posted a great diary featuring the following local TV news interview with state Attorney General Jon Bruning - the clear frontrunner for the Republican Senate nomination. In it, you'll see Bruning state his belief that "default may be necessary" while declaring that even the radical Boehner plan to raise the debt ceiling is too moderate to win his support.

Here's Bruning's statement from the interview:

"It may be something that has to happen to make the fundamental changes that are necessary in the American governmental system. We have to shrink it. And, if the Democratic Party that controls the White House and the Senate doesn't understand it, default may be necessary.  God forbid it is necessary, but it may be. They have to understand."

Yes, I certainly hope we are starting to understand what it means when dangerous rightwing politicians like Jon Bruning are elected to the U.S. Senate.  I'm not asking anyone to love Ben Nelson, but it's time for all of us to come to grips with just what it is we're looking at as an alternative should we lose his seat in 2012.

Want to see Nelson defeated?  Hoping he doesn't even run for re-election?  Well, this is what we get if that happens.  And, don't forget that it would also bring us that much closer to losing Democrats' slim majority in the Senate - our best defense against the rightwing extremism that has taken hold in the House of Representatives.

With stakes like these, supporting Ben Nelson isn't choosing the lesser of two evils.  It's a choice dictated by sanity, maturity, responsibility - even morality.  Please don't fool yourself into thinking there is anything remotely "progressive" about betraying these principles.

The dangerous extremism embraced by Jon Bruning is a threat to the entire nation and to our future.  In Nebraska, we can defeat this extremism in 2012.  And, that means helping Ben Nelson win reelection.  For all the frustration that will no doubt cause me, I'm going to remember the above video of Bruning and will never have any doubt that I'm doing the right thing.

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  •  I agree with Bruning. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    Involuntary Exile

    I'll Rochambeau you for it.

    by Rich in PA on Sat Jul 30, 2011 at 04:33:35 PM PDT

    •  I agree with Rich, and I live in Nebraska. (1+ / 0-)
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      I wouldn't walk across the street to piss on Ben Nelson if he were on fire. I won't vote for Bruning, but I sure as shit will not vote for Ben either.  I'll leave the senate race unvoted.

      Besides, Bruning will be singing an altogether different tune as soon as the current fake crisis is resolved.  Or not.  It doesn't matter because Ben Nelson does not have a snowball's chance in hell of getting re-elected even if I and every other Democrat in the state showed up and voted for him.  There aren't enough Democrats to carry him over the finish line, and he's toxic to the right-to-lifers, so he's toast.

      "I believe that ignorance is the root of all evil. And that no one knows the truth." - Molly Ivins

      by Involuntary Exile on Sat Jul 30, 2011 at 04:56:35 PM PDT

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      •  I agree with all that,but I meant it more narrowly (1+ / 0-)
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        Involuntary Exile

        I merely agree with Bruning that default is better that this crap, although he's the crap I was thinking of.

        I'll Rochambeau you for it.

        by Rich in PA on Sat Jul 30, 2011 at 05:09:42 PM PDT

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      •  Right to lifers? Nelson's pro-life. Always has (0+ / 0-)

        been.  The only time it ever caused him problems is the first time he ran in the Democratic primary for governor.  

        "Forever is composed of nows." Emily Dickinson

        by Leftovers on Sat Jul 30, 2011 at 05:30:33 PM PDT

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        •  Nebraska Right To LIfe is pissed as hell at him. (0+ / 0-)

          Remember Health Care Reform and the Stupak amendment? Well Julie Schmit-Albin sure hasn't forgotten.  Below is a portion of a Nebraska Right To Life press release dated 12/2/10.

          "Nebraska Right to Life is not going to let Senator Nelson justify his actions on the healthcare bill on the basis of one judge's erroneous comments about two sections of a thousand page law," said Schmit-Albin.  "At every juncture over the next two years where Senator Nelson contends he did right by pro-life language on healthcare, we will remind pro-life Nebraskans that is not the case.  We will take the word of National Right to Life which deals with abortion case law and statute on a daily basis, over the protestations of Senator Nelson who is trying to justify why he did what he did."


          "I believe that ignorance is the root of all evil. And that no one knows the truth." - Molly Ivins

          by Involuntary Exile on Sat Jul 30, 2011 at 06:09:22 PM PDT

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  •  Sheesh--are Nebraska Repubs all this crazy? (0+ / 0-)

    Thought that the craziness began once you got out of Omaha and Lincoln, if Adrian Smith is any indication.

  •  Involuntary Exile is why republicans win in NE (2+ / 0-)

    Posters like Involuntary Exile are the perfect example of why Republicans win elections in Nebraska since he or she exemplifies the "rule or ruin" philosophy of those so called progressives who would rather whine about a democrat they do n't like then work to elect a democrat they do like. Never forget if Ben Nelson was not in the Senate, there would be no health care reform in the USA.

    Good thing NE has Ronaldo who has been on fire on NNN the past few months. Contrast that with those who would rather a republican right wing extremist represent them in Congress like Involuntary Exile. By the way, how did that "rule or ruin" philosophy work out in Wisconsin in the 2010 election when democrats were not pure enough for some?

    •  Oh bullshit. (0+ / 0-)

      Democrats can't win in Nebraska because they have pigeon-holed themselves into being little more than shadows of the Republican Party.  You keep running your anti-gay, pro-life, pro-big business candidates and then blame those of us who are fed up that we are not represented in the Party when YOUR candidates fail.

      What has Ben Nelson done for the Democratic Party?  How many Democrats have won statewide or CD elections since he's been in the Senate?  But instead of blaming Senator Nelson or the feckless NDP for Nebraska Democrats' failure to succeed, you blame a blogger who expresses an opinion you do not like.  If that is the path the Nebraska Democratic Party is going to take then they are doomed to continued failure.

  •  Bruning has never had a private sector job (0+ / 0-)

    in his life to my knowledge and yet continue the rantings of big govment like the rest of his ilk.  I too will hold my nose and vote for Nelson.  Except for Bob Kerrey who had some charisma and got elected on that, there hasn't been a single Democratic senator in my lifetime who couldn't pass for a Republican.  In fact, as the saying goes:  In Nebraska, the Democrats are Republicans and the Republicans are fascists.

    "Forever is composed of nows." Emily Dickinson

    by Leftovers on Sat Jul 30, 2011 at 05:27:42 PM PDT

  •  Bruning (0+ / 0-)

    Jon Bruning gave a speech in Kearney, Nebraska this week in which he claimed that federal spending was 3% of GDP during the Reagan Administration.  The guy doesn't know what he's talking about - federal spending was 22% of GDP during the Reagan Administration.  Currently, federal spending is 24% of GDP.  

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