The UK's Telegraph recently published their list of the Top 100 Most Influential Conservatives and Liberals in the United States (100 through 81, so far).
A few notables on the Liberals list...
#97 Jesse Jackson
#95 Robert Byrd
#92 Chris Matthews
#91 Michael Moore
#86 George Soros
That's right, The Benator, Nellie himself, is now on the Liberals list.
Remember when he was the Dem's favorite conservative?
The Telegraph notes:
When he became the 60th vote for the Democrats on their healthcare bill in the Senate, Nelson was vilified by the Right and received precious little credit from the Left.
The Right hoped that this would lead him to oppose the healthcare bill but a string of financial gifts for Nebraska (which became known as the "Cornhusker Kickback") helped sway him.
And a local politico suggested to us:
Nelson's legacy as a moderate or conservative official is in serious danger of being permantly damaged by the health care vote -- and his potential votes on cap and trade, card check, and Stimulus 2 (Electric Boogaloo*).
Who knows? By next year Ben Nelson's refusal to block these very liberal major pieces of legislation may place him in the Top 20 of their list.
*Editor's suggested title.Nelson clearly hasn't shed the rotting grain stench of the Cornhusker Kickback from his coveralls. None other than the Governator himself, Ahhnold, called Nelson's swaying by the Nebraska perks to be illegal.
And Nelson's response? "Oh yeah? Well California has tons of debt! So there!"
Nice. Nice comeback.
Think Nebraskans are getting tired of this? Note that you don't see defenders circling the wagons on behalf of their Nebraska brother.
So the Telegraph asks:
Could he change his mind again and vote against final passage of the bill?Well...only if his vote won't matter.