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Friday, December 18th, 2009   3:38 pm | Author: chris | Health/Medical, Politics/Government |
Tags: health care reform, Nelson, Republicans, security
Some two bit right wing blogger named Michael Godfarb made up a story a few days ago that the Obama administration threatened to close an Air force base in Nebraska if Ben Nelson (D-NE) did not vote for health care reform.
Goldfarb could not produce any credible evidence but that didn’t stop Republicans in Congress from calling this one of the most outrageous acts they have ever seen. I guess Bush/Cheney lying us into a war is nothing compared to his unsubstantiated rumor.
thinkprogress reports that Republicans are up in arms about this nonsense. Ben Nelson immediately denied this as “yellow journalism at its worst” adding that this is from “inside-the-Beltway partisans who only want to derail health care reform.”
But the Republicans hammered away
SEN. KIT BOND (R-MO): “The rumors out there, we haven’t confirmed it, but the rumor keeps coming back that he’s threatened to close a major air base in Nebraska. It is total blackmail. It’s the worst kind of Chicago politics.”
SEN. BOB BENNETT (R-UT): “This would be one of the most outrageous demonstrations of presidential power I’ve ever seen.”
LETTER FROM 20 GOP SENATORS: “We do not want to see the name of a base from our state on a BRAC list and think it has been put there tosettle partisan scores.”
The hypocricy form the Republicans is blatant as the Washington Post reports
“Senate Republicans failed early Friday in their bid to filibuster a massive Pentagon bill that funds the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, an unusual move designed to delay President Obama’s health-care legislation.”
“On a 63 to 33 vote, Democrats cleared a key hurdle that should allow them to approve the must-pass military spending bill Saturday and return to the health-care debate. After years of criticizing Democrats for not supporting the troops, just three Republicans supported the military funding.”