By Emily Geiger
So, I have to say that this whole Ben Nelson thing is really eating at me.
I find it interesting how good ‘ol Ben is at getting favors from his friends. I mean, he’s getting fully federally funded Medicaid and a whole bunch of other perks for his state.
Years ago, he called up his buddy Terry Branstad and asked for his endorsement and fundraising help, and he got it.
So, what I want to know is, how good is Ben at giving back to his friends? Is he the kind of guy a friend can really talk to?
What I really want to know is, did Terry Branstad ever call up his buddy Ben Nelson and ask him to do the right thing for the people of Iowa and Nebraska and vote no to the federal healthcare atrocity?
If they were good enough friends for Terry to cross the proverbial aisle to help elect a Democrat over a Republican, shouldn’t Terry have been able to call up Ben to bend his ear and exert some serious pressure on this issue?
I’d like to know if that ever happened. If it did, I would gain a lot of respect for Branstad for at least trying. It would also tell us a lot about Ben Nelson if he ignored his friend and threw him under the bus all in the name of pork and partisan politics.
If it didn’t ever happen, maybe that tells us something about Branstad’s judgment… in friends and politics.
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