Editor’s Note – I suppose the rumors that Sen. Bill Nelson is retiring may be premature…
Of course, this doesn’t mean that Bill Nelson is not retiring, it just means that it won’t be of his will. The good folks of Florida will be making that decision for him in 2012.
Over the past two years, there has not been an elected official in the state of Florida more disinterested in what the people have to say on the issues than Nelson. He simply has refused to engage with the ‘unwashed masses’, personifying the classic image of the out of touch liberal elite living in a bubble.
And keep in mind, it’s beneficial to Bill Nelson’s re-election chances to now be at odds with Obama. When it mattered, back when he was completely ignoring the will of the people of Florida and voting to support every piece of job killing, debt inducing, extreme far left legislation coming down the pike, he was in lockstep with Harry Reid and Obama.
Come November 2012, there will be a day of reckoning for Bill Nelson for these actions.
And, for those who often say there’s not much difference between the two parties, this statement stands out; “the public is with us on our policies, but they’re not getting the message.” I recall the Republicans saying the exact same thing after the 2008 election.
Now I’m not a very smart man, and I’m often accused of being uninformed and naive, but has either party ever entertained the idea that they are elected to represent the people, to be with the people, not the other way around???
Senate Democrats Vent Anger With Barack
Senate Democrats — including typically mild-mannered Bill Nelson of Florida — lit into President Barack Obama during an unusually tense air-clearing caucus session on Thursday, senators and staffers told POLITICO.
Nelson told colleagues Obama’s unpopularity has become a serious liability for Democrats in his state and blamed the president for creating a toxic political environment for Democrats nationwide, according to two Democrats familiar with his remarks.
“It was a raucous caucus,” said one Democratic senator, who spoke on condition of anonymity because closed-door sessions are not supposed to be discussed with outsiders.
Nelson declined to respond when asked about the incident Thursday night, saying he was in a hurry to leave the Capitol to catch a flight. His spokesman didn’t return a request for comment.
In interviews after the marathon three-hour meeting, several senators and senior aides told POLITICO that Nelson was just one of several senators to express anger at White House missteps — and air deep concerns about their own political fates if Obama and the Democratic Party leadership can’t turn things around by 2012.
Added one veteran senator: “It was the most frank exchange of views I’ve ever seen.”
Several senators expressed the opinion that Obama needed to show more passion, while party liberals renewed their complaint that Obama should abandon the pretense of bipartisanship in the face of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s intransigence and what they consider the Kentucky Republican’s blatantly political tactics aimed at making Obama a one-term president.
Others said Democratic leaders need to clearly spell out what they believe are the motivations behind the Republicans’ positions: that they are beholden to special interests, who bankroll their campaigns.
If Democrats keep losing the message war, they worry, they will be wiped out in 2012.
“There was a lot of passion in that room,” one senator said. “The reason is because the public is with us on our policies, but they’re not getting the message.”
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