Nelson: “Most Disloyal Democrat”?
The Daily Beast recently put Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson at the top of its list most-hated Democrats who are “driving liberals mad” with their moderate inclinations.
The Beast pointed to Nelson’s recent designation as “Most Disloyal Democrat” by CQ Politics, which counted up votes and determined he’d only voted with his party 54 percent of the time on key votes — the lowest of any senator in either party. (Time to switch parties, maybe?). They suggest Nelson is vulnerable to being ousted — or deterred from running again Joe Lieberman-style — by a more progressive person like the dashing young Scott Kleeb.
However, Kleeb made it clear he ain’t about to challenge Nelson, and his wife, Bold Nebraska leader Jane Kleeb, said Nelson isn’t that bad to progressives in Nebraska. He votes correctly on many of the biggest issues, she said.
But I think the Daily Beast is beastly wrong on this, because Nebraska is a far cry from true-blue Connecticut. If Nelson is going to get unseated, it’ll be by an actual Republican, not a more liberal Democrat.