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Just When You Thought This Administration Could Not Sink Any Lower

Barack Obama and his piece of shit chief of staff Rahm Emanuel have sunk so low that they are now trying to extort a vote from Nebraska's Ben Nelson for health care. Michael Goldfarb at the Weekly Standard has the details from a source on Capitol Hill:

Nelson's demand that taxpayer money not be used to fund abortion has still not been met. According to a Senate aide, the White House is now threatening to put Nebraska's Offutt Air Force Base on the BRAC list if Nelson doesn't fall into line.

Offutt Air Force Base employs some 10,000 military and federal employees in Southeastern Nebraska. As our source put it, this is a "naked effort by Rahm Emanuel and the White House to extort Nelson's vote." They are "threatening to close a base vital to national security for what?" asked the Senate staffer.

Indeed, Offutt is the headquarters for US Strategic Command, the successor to Strategic Air Command, and not by accident. STRATCOM was located in the middle of the country for strategic reasons. Its closure would be a massive blow to the economy of the state of Nebraska, but it would also be another example of this administration playing politics with our national security.

This administration is a piece work, isn't it. Barack Obama and his band of ugly thugs are utterly soulless. They are willing to risk national security for a win on health care. Needless to say, Barack Obama's Nobel prize speech about defeating the evil in this world meant nothing.

Nelson needs to go on offense. He should hold a press conference and call Obama and Emanuel on the carpet publicly for threatening our country's national security and Nebraska's economy in an attempt to force him to vote for the Senate health care bill.

Hat tip: Hot Air


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Comments (54)

Nelson should wire himself ... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

Nelson should wire himself to record these conversations. These threats would help define the Obama presidency for the history books read by future generations.

Impeachment is not long awa... (Below threshold)
914:

Impeachment is not long away. Damn dirty scoundrels.

Unfortunately par ... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:


Unfortunately par for the course with this admin, I'm afraid.


Pity we don't have someone worthy of the title President in office.

Nelson happens to be one of... (Below threshold)
ExSubNuke:

Nelson happens to be one of my Senators, and he BETTER stand against this travesty. We from Nebraska have a tendency to stand for what we know to be right, and this most definitely does NOT sound like something "right."

Ah Politics the Chicago way... (Below threshold)
mpw280:

Ah Politics the Chicago way, DO WHAT WE WANT OR WE WILL BUST YOUR HEAD (spoken like Al Capone swinging a baseball bat into his hand). Now dems know what Chicago politics really is and know what kind of POW Obama is. mpw

Actually it makes sense.</p... (Below threshold)
LiberalNitemare:

Actually it makes sense.

If HealthCare Deform gets passed, our enemies will be content to watch us slowly destroy ourselves. No need for STRATCOM in that scenario.

Hey...ya you. Nice AirBase... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

Hey...ya you. Nice AirBase. I said nice AirBase. Be a shame if anything happened to it...ya know?

Put a Chicago politician in... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Put a Chicago politician into the White House, with a Chicago politician as his Chief of Staff, and we expect anything better?

You can take the politician out of Chicago, but you can't take Chicago out of the politician.

Hey! Let 'em pull Offutt! ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Hey! Let 'em pull Offutt! Then Barry and Rahm can watch as the state suddenly TURNS RED!

US Strategic Command, no ne... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:

US Strategic Command, no need for it.
We will have Nuke free world!

Needless to say, Barack ... (Below threshold)

Needless to say, Barack Obama's Nobel prize speech about defeating the evil in this world meant nothing.

Awfully hard to "defeat" the evil when you ARE the evil.

2012 can't arrive soon enough. By then, most everybody but the hard core Commie left will be through kidding themselves about who and what this ass-clown really is and what he is really up to!

The only thing wrong with y... (Below threshold)

The only thing wrong with your article, Mam, is the title.

I have long since ceased to think that this administration could not sink any lower.

In the immortal words, "You ain't seen nuthin yet!" :(
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He will stoop to any level ... (Below threshold)
Madalyn:

He will stoop to any level to get what he wants. There is nothing he won't do to get what he wants. Right now, he is so low he would have to climb a ladder to kiss a snake's a**.
Madalyn

GarandFan, Nebraska IS "Red... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

GarandFan, Nebraska IS "Red"...but somehow Nelson manages to convince Cornhuskers he's "Conservative" every 6 years.

The gig, however, is UP!

Just When You Thought--- th... (Below threshold)
Proudly American:

Just When You Thought--- the "right" could not be more gullible.

You should be happy they aren't trying to sell you ocean front property in Arizona

"Nelson aide: Offutt claim false"
http://www.omaha.com/article/20091215/NEWS/712159842

No tax money should be used... (Below threshold)
Flu-Bird:

No tax money should be used for the murder of the unborn

"Just When You Thought T... (Below threshold)
914:

"Just When You Thought This Administration Could Not Sink Any Lower"

They arrive in Hell

Nelson needs to go on offen... (Below threshold)
rain of lead:

Nelson needs to go on offense. He should hold a press conference and call Obama and Emanuel on the carpet

"hahahahahaha"
yeah right, like that's gonna f-ing happen

Proudly something "Ne... (Below threshold)
Marc:

Proudly something "Nelson aide: Offutt claim false"

Are you sure that's true?

Gee, with the BS Sen. Landrieu has gone thru by whoring herself out for 300 LARGE is it not possible the story is true AND no one will admit it on record?

MarcYou can go on ... (Below threshold)
Proudly American:

Marc

You can go on believing the rumors and lies being spread by bloggers and emailers all you want. That is your right and isn't hurting anybody but yourself. I prefer to believe information from credible sources.

And the name is Proudly AMERICAN. If you can't accept that there are others in this nation that think differently than you than it is you who should be questioning your Americanism.

"You can go on believing th... (Below threshold)
914:

"You can go on believing the rumors and lies being spread by bloggers and emailers all you want"

Since when does anybody in this administration or left of Mao ( no dis victory is maos ), care about the veracity of "e-mails"??

Oh thats right, whenever they are implicated and exposed.

"Just When You Thought T... (Below threshold)
914:

"Just When You Thought This Administration Could Not Sink Any Lower"

They do

If such a threat were indee... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

If such a threat were indeed directly made, irrespective of Obama's ability to actually do it, it would constitute bribery under federal statute - offering a valuable consideration (not closing Offutt) to influence a federal official.

Definitely an impeachable offense if provable . . . and unique in that the offender offered the bribe instead of accepting it.

"If such a threat were inde... (Below threshold)
Proudly American:

"If such a threat were indeed directly made..."
According to Sen Nelson's aide, it wasn't.

"Nelson aide: Offutt claim false"
http://www.omaha.com/article/20091215/NEWS/712159842

The "right" is so quick to bash on President's Obama's that they are not vetting their sources and are making themselves look stupid when they go on and on about claims that are proven false. This is far from the first such false claim busted, and I highly doubt it will be the last.

Remember when Bill Clinton'... (Below threshold)
klrtz1:

Remember when Bill Clinton's aides all denied his perjury? I don't think any denial by an aide to a Democratic politician has much credibility since then.

When Senator Nelson limps up to the podium, puts his arm (the one not in a sling) around Rahm Emanuel and through swollen and bruised lips tells us his good friend Rahm never threatened him and will never have to, then I will believe.

Thank you, all you jerks wh... (Below threshold)
mag:

Thank you, all you jerks who voted for obama and co., thanks a lot may you all rot in hell with him. I am so angry, shoving this down our throats when the good majority of the people in this country want nothing to do with their health deform (great title #6, best decription of this administration fraud on the people)

Proudly American,Tha... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

Proudly American,
Thanks for the link, I read it and it does appear that the rumor is being denied by the Nelson camp.

And you are right, it would not be the first claim proven false. However, it would not be the first denied claim that eventually is proven true. Look at it this way. There have been several times in the past nine months where the health care bill has been deemed finally dead. Yet it seems to have more lives than a cat. If the Democrats are pushing to pass a healthcare bill despite a majority level of unpopular opinion about it in its current form then I believe the president/ congressional leadership will offer/ threaten anything. This has preoccupied the whole first year of this president's administration. This is crunch time. If they pass it early in this administration they are merely unpopular and hope the majority of attention deficient Americans forget by next November when - maybe - the economy is doing OK. If the president loses, he is "wounded" for the next three years of his administration on getting anything done, especially so if the supermajority is lost in the 2010 elections. If this threat was true it is not the type of thing a relatively loyal Democrat goes off about at least at this early point. The morality of almost all politicians can be compromised if the price is right and I have a feeling that Nelson deep, deep down can be bought.

Proudly American, I do hope... (Below threshold)
AJ:

Proudly American, I do hope that the rumor is indeed false. It's unfortunate that such a scenario is so believable, though.

I do not believe liberals. ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

I do not believe liberals. They lie to lie. So sorry PA I think the story is true. Deep down I know you do also, but see my first sentence. ww

Has anyone here checked "Pr... (Below threshold)
Dr Carlo Lombardi:

Has anyone here checked "Proudly American's" (there's a facetiously arrived at handle) IP address?
I strongly suspect "Victory is Ours" has re-branded itself to distance itself from previous be-clownings.

Obama and his entire cast o... (Below threshold)
Flu-Bird:

Obama and his entire cast of villians lower then a snake in a wagon rut

Ya know...even if this isn'... (Below threshold)

Ya know...even if this isn't true, the fact that it's so easy to believe due to the Chicago connections speaks volumes.

Dr. Carlo- Yes, we will alw... (Below threshold)
zaugg:

Dr. Carlo- Yes, we will always have fond memories of VIC and his beclownings. He always was a good case study for the mental disorder of liberalism.

"I strongly suspect "Victor... (Below threshold)
914:

"I strongly suspect "Victory is Ours" has re-branded itself to distance itself from previous be-clownings."

30. Posted by Dr Carlo Lombardi | December 16, 2009 9:41 AM

Proudly American? Yes, it appears VIC has thrown SAUD and SteveP under the Wons magic bus and picked up a new Be-clowning moniker.

lol Vic

"I strongly suspec... (Below threshold)
"I strongly suspect "Victory is Ours" has re-branded itself to distance itself from previous be-clownings."

I can't agree. Unlike VIO's postings, the comment by "Proudly American" is on-topic and more or less devoid of mindless invective.

Funny comments.You... (Below threshold)
SteveP:

Funny comments.

You guys are like one big circle-jerk.

Cry all you want. The only one's listening are like-minded idiots and people like me who just come to view the car wreck.

Nothing you say matters. Nothing you and your republican collegues do (or, as has been the case for the entire year, DON'T do) will make a rat's-ass worth of difference.

You've shown what you can do for this country. We had eight years of it. Nobody wants that kind of imcompetence anymore. Get it?

stevePP-"You've... (Below threshold)
914:

stevePP-

"You've shown what you can do for this country. We had eight years of it. Nobody wants that kind of imcompetence anymore. Get it?"

Oh yeah, the current crop of "imcompetence", is so much more inspiring You nimrod.

Yeah, Steve - who DOESN'T l... (Below threshold)
Jlawson:

Yeah, Steve - who DOESN'T love tyhe idea of trillion-dollar deficit spending for the next decade or two? Or government taking over health care?

Can you point at ANY program that's run more efficiently and economically by the government? Post Office? AmTrak? Medicare, with it's $300 billion in fraud ANNUALLY?

And you want THE SAME PEOPLE to take over Health Care?

Obama doesn't have a clue about reality - his 'reality-based' fantasies aren't exactly applying to the REAL world, where nice-sounding theories are MUCH less important than the results they generate!

BTW, you miss that big middle finger Iran launched? You can bet the leadership in Europe noticed...

SteveP,That's an <... (Below threshold)

SteveP,

That's an excellent imitation of a typically demented, content-free VIO rant. Are you available for weddings and bar-mitzvahs? Please call me.

Can you point at AN... (Below threshold)
SteveP:

Can you point at ANY program that's run more efficiently and economically by the government? Post Office? AmTrak? Medicare, with it's $300 billion in fraud ANNUALLY?

You have a problem with the Post Office and Medicare? Most people don't. Everyone I know on Medicare couldn't be more happy with it, short of some extra expense for medicine.

Got a problem with deficits? Speak to Bush. We had a surplus before he came in. You want to blame Obama for Iran's posturing? They did that during Bush. But hey - if you want him to "own" that (after being in office for a year) then you own the failure of the last eight years.

Problem is, you people have a problem with everything that doesn't involve your own ignorant take. If the last eight years were so successful, why aren't the outcomes better? Republicans in the majority for most of the last 13 years. Doesn't matter? They're not to blame for anything? Sure. Keep believing that. Intelligent people don't.

Scratch that. 1994. Contrac... (Below threshold)
SteveP:

Scratch that. 1994. Contract with America. Republican voting majorities for most of the last 15 years, short of 2 1/2 years of democratic control. Still means nothing, right? Of course not.

At least Bush created jobs ... (Below threshold)
914:

At least Bush created jobs during His tenure.

What has NObama accomplished? 12 trillion new debt in the first 10 months. How marvelous. -10 million in jobz created.

NObama is so transparent and Im sure glad He has no lobbyists in the Whitehouse or that He's so compassionate to special Olympians and ordinary Americans like that Joe guy that spanked Him sideways with a few simple questions that the Wun blundered in His telepromptless delerium.

Yeah Steve, NObama is sure the Won. The Wun to drive us into such a depression as to make the depression look like the Gipper's years.

steveP "Nothing you sa... (Below threshold)
Marc:

steveP "Nothing you say matters. Nothing you and your republican collegues [sic] do (or, as has been the case for the entire year, DON'T do) will make a rat's-ass worth of difference."

Maybe not, but with anywhere between 54 and 61 percent of Americans AGAINST the current iterations of the health care bill and you and your fellow libturds still pushing it thru I'd say the day of reckoning is just around the "election corner."

steveP "You have a problem with the Post Office and Medicare? Most people don't. Everyone I know on Medicare couldn't be more happy with it, short of some extra expense for medicine."

Post office? Sure do it's gov owned and operated and its a few billion dollars in the frigging hole. Profits? "We don't need no stinking profits we just need to print more money," is there slogan nitwit.

Medicare... sure people on it are happy for the most part. People that get free samples in the supermarket are happy also.

Medicare under pays ALL doctors and ALL hospitals for the care they give.

Put in simple terms for simple minds such as yourself doctors and hospitals that see Medicare patients LOSE money each time they treat a Medicare patient.

Oh, and there's that "little thing" that Medicare is riff with fraud to the tune of billions of dollars each year and the nitwits and brainless in Congress do NOTHING about it.

Put in simple terms... (Below threshold)
SteveP:

Put in simple terms for simple minds such as yourself doctors and hospitals that see Medicare patients LOSE money each time they treat a Medicare patient.

Post office? Sure do it's gov owned and operated and its a few billion dollars in the frigging hole.

Okay...and how long have these institution been in place? How long has Medicare been around and - according to Republican predictions at EVERY SINGLE ELECTION CYCLE - collapsed our economy? Since 1965 - 44 years.

How many years has the post office been around? Since 1792 - 197 years.

You know what collapsed the economy? Wall Street guys selling unregulated products that Standard & Poor supported. Greed - not the government. Idiots who bought houses that were far more expensive than they could afford? Why? Well, mortgage brokers and banks let them - no oversight. Unregulated greed.

And every time, without fail, you doomsayers predict economic collapse from government run systems - and every time you've been wrong.

How does it feel being wrong all the time about everything? Oh, that's right. You're never brave enough to admit you've ever failed, so you just delude yourselves.

Oh - and by the way - who w... (Below threshold)
SteveP:

Oh - and by the way - who was in charge when all that de-regulation and lazy oversight came to fruition? Good old George W.

And how many hospitals have closed due to lower Medicare or Medicaid payments? Maybe a few here and there, but I don't see Kaiser Permanente, who lives on those subsidies, collapsing any time soon.

Your logic is faulty. Always has been. Yet you stick to it. Isn't that the definition of an idiot?

So throw more money at unec... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

So throw more money at uneconomical institutions? Yeah, that's smart spending, SteveP! AmTrak's not making a profit - and the Post Office is down about $2 billion a year (pocket change for DC any more, to be sure, but in the REAL wold that's a hell of a lot of money!)

And that $300 billion in Medicare fraud? Obama's pledged to eliminate it - just as soon as everyone's covered under governmental health care! You think that amount won't balloon?

News Flash - WE'RE OUT OF MONEY! We're $12 TRILLION in the hole, and there's no telling just how high the defict will run THIS year. The CBO is looking at trillion dollar deficits in a few years - how long can we keep doing this?

And tax revenues have DROPPED.

When do we start paying it back? Or do you believe we can keep on running trillion dollar deficits continually?

If so, kindly explain how 2+2=500 - because that's the sort of math they're using in Washington, and it's not playing well in the real world!

denial is not just a river ... (Below threshold)
Jeff:

denial is not just a river in Egypt is it ... You got conned by Obama and you are terrified to admit it. Gays in the military, same sex marriage, out of Iraq, close GITMO now, no taxes for the middle class ... the list of sellouts from Obama is simply breathtaking...
Add to that the same Patriot Act as Bush, same Predator Drones as Bush, same Generals and War Strategy as Bush ...
Your worldview is so undermined as to be nothing more than a complete fantasy at this point ...

"How does it feel being ... (Below threshold)
914:

"How does it feel being wrong all the time about everything? Oh, that's right. You're never brave enough to admit you've ever failed, so you just delude yourselves"


Uttered like a true socialist delusional Guinea pig!

The only one's telling you ... (Below threshold)
SteveP:

The only one's telling you that spending to get us out of a recession is a bad thing are the same idiots you listened to who told you every other lie of the last eight years.

Regarding the debt:

http://zfacts.com/p/318.html

It's really very simple. A gorilla could understand it.

If you have three dogs who are starving - three dogs who work for you pulling your sled - how do you get them to recover?

Republicans - Give them little to nothing. The strongest will survive. We don't need the weaker ones.

Democrats - Feed them. Make them well. When all three are well, your investment will be made back.

Once again, your logic is faulty. This country will not collapse. The only thing that will is the small residue of credibility (if there's any left at all) of the republican right.

Personally, I don't really think all of you truly believe what idiots like Beck and Hannity tell you. Instead, I believe you just hate (or severely dislike) Obama, look at this all as a game with teams (and not an issue of the greater good), and you want your team to win at all costs, even if your mother has her investments in the other team. Country be damned. It's all a schoolyard game to you folks - and it's pathetic.

At least that's the way it looks to the rest of us.

steveP "You know what ... (Below threshold)
Marc:

steveP "You know what collapsed the economy? Wall Street guys selling unregulated products that Standard & Poor supported. Greed - not the government. Idiots who bought houses that were far more expensive than they could afford? Why? Well, mortgage brokers and banks let them - no oversight. Unregulated greed.

Partially agree, dumb asses that bought houses, among other things, they couldn't afford is PART of the problem.

IT's hadly surprising you overlook [on purpose?] the despicable hand of barney frank had in the fanny mae, fanny mac debacle. That in LARGE PART lead directly to the meltdown.

You also overlook [on purpose?] the fact Bush and some in congress tried to reform the disaster barney frank caused but were stymied by those on the take by BIG BANKERS.

On your link. the first para reads: "Here we go again: Hoover got us in, and WWII got us out. Bush got us in, and to his credit, started trying to get us out. Though, mostly he threw money at bankers.

Gee where have I heard that before, oh its what obama has been doing and at thios point the largss bestowed on the banks has done next to nothing. Credit is still tight as obama's own "econ summit" suggested.

To say WWII got us out of the depression is nonsense. Tens of millions on Americans suddenly found jobs, military jobs carrying rifles and riding on warships, and AFTER war's end had a butt load of saved cash PLUS bene's given for their service that kick started the economy.

steveP "Democrats - Feed them. Make them well. When all three are well, your investment will be made back."

How has that investment in Chrystler and GM working, obama admion admitted the tax payer will take a big lose and never recover all theat was given them.

Same is true of other "bailouts" given in the last 11 months.

steveP "Country be dam... (Below threshold)
Marc:

steveP "Country be damned. It's all a schoolyard game to you folks - and it's pathetic."

So your saying the 54 to 61 percent of Americans that are against the health care bill are all saying "country be damned?"

Some schoolyard game.

And some load of bullshit by you.

"Personally, I don't rea... (Below threshold)
914:

"Personally, I don't really think all of you truly believe what idiots like Beck and Hannity tell you. Instead, I believe you just hate (or severely dislike) Obama"


Your right! I dislike all the Marxist's Like Barry raping, pillaging and plundering our precious Country to pay off the goons and thugs that keep them innoculated from the real everyday struggles to survive in this World.

Your right! I disli... (Below threshold)
SteveP:

Your right! I dislike all the Marxist's Like Barry raping, pillaging and plundering our precious Country to pay off the goons and thugs that keep them innoculated from the real everyday struggles to survive in this World.

Innoculated from everyday struggles? Who are you describing here? Let me tell you. How about your frat-boy President who grew up with parents worth multimillons and a father who - upon graduating college - entered the oil business with a $250,000 investment from daddy's friends at Brown Brothers Harriman (remember - this is back in 1953 - shitload of money for someone with no experience in that business). A man who fooled people like you into believing he was one of you, when in actuality he was a terminal failure who had daddy and friends bail him out of everything.

Is that the person you're talking about? I don't think it's Obama, a middle class guy who paid his way through school and lived a pretty normal life up until entering the Senate.

The problem with lemmings like you, 914, is you never know when someone's giving it to you. Instead, you smile and ask for more.

I'll take an intelligent, down-to-earth 47-year-old over a spoiled, drunk late 40's(when elected) failure any day. You obviously wouldn't.

How does it feel to be so ignorant and naive?

No SteveP,Your ana... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

No SteveP,

Your analogy is flawed, if only because the dogs only thrive or suffer based on the choices made by Master. Not a shock that you would think this way :)
BUT, if you insist

Republican's would take some of the load off the sled, so the dogs would expend fewer calories to pull it, while investing in better feed for the dogs. Only a fool starves his productive force on purpose. Oddly enough, it's folks like Stalin and Hitler (communists and socialists) that are famous for this, not Henry Ford, Edison etc.

Democrat's would take some of their kibble and give it to the freeloader (being government)riding the sled, so that his whipping arm would have the energy to motivate them better, while also putting on weight and further loading down the sled.




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