Down in the polls, Nelson wants the Senate to ‘get rid of this aisle!’

Nebraska Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson said Wednesday during a conference call with Nebraska reporters that he intends to get rid of the aisle in the Senate that divides members by party affiliation.

“I’m going to advocate — if there truly is an interest in working together — that we get rid of the aisle on the Senate floor,” said Nelson, “We could sit not by party but by state, or by alphabet, or some other way that erases the partisan divide.”

“We could sit not by party but by state, or by alphabet, or some other way that erases the partisan divide.”

“Others will probably join in. We’ve already gone through the exercise of last night so it should not be difficult to get others to sign onto the idea,” said Nelson, “The idea would be to send a joint letter to the leaders suggesting mixed seating.”

Nelson said that he is advocating this step as a more concrete follow-up to the bipartisanship of Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, where many congressmen chose to sit with colleagues of a different party.

Although one of the Senate’s most conservative Democrats, polling indicates that Nelson may follow the course of former Arkansas Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln to a resounding re-election defeat.

Recent polls show that Nelson is vulnerable in his bid for re-election in 2012. A December poll conducted by Magellan Strategies shows Nelson down 14 points when matched against Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning.

  • Mark Fahrlson

    Ben Nelson makes me mad. Why would people want a government to work together? That’s crazy.
    I applaud the republicans for marketing “Cornhusker Kickback” and making it look like ONLY Nebraska got special treatment. What people don’t hear is that all 50 states got funds (or as we call it “kickbacks”) to help mandates. It’s true, but don’t tell people that. But as long as we remain firm in our stance that it was special to Nebraska we can continue to lead people to believe what we want them to… not what the facts are, those are boring.
    I hear people all the time talk about being upset with politicians, and I am glad they are. No one wants politicians to work together, they just say they do.
    Thank goodness we don’t have more politicians basing their work on the issue and not what they think is right politically. Making decisions on policy and not political party is plain crazy and would put Fox News out of business.

    Ohhh. Rush in on in. Time to listen to listen to the Messiah to hear who i should be angry at today.

  • patchesohoulihan

    C’mon, people of Nebraska, send this turd to the sewer in 2012.

  • deimos

    I have a better idea, why don’t the good people of Nebraska get rid of you, you slimy little twinkle-toed piece of garbage?

  • Mashman

    That’s Ok Ben, no one is going to forget about the Nebraska kickback!

    You should go ahead and start looking for another job – because you don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning re-election!

  • Joe Astroturf

    Nelson don’t worry about your seating arrangement but about all the unborn babies that will die because of your backbone. Maybe you can watch when Obama’s new favorite doctor Kermit Gosnell sticks scissors in their little heads. I wrote about you and Stupak in my song. How’s that Cornhusker Kickback coming along. You should go to Notre Dame they’ll want to make you an honorary graduate.

    Please Check out song called teapartiers I can’t hear you at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJfboOindCo

    Here’s a verse

    They weren’t champions for unborns Nelson nor Stupak
    Neither one of them have any bones in their back
    Obama greatly misses his hero Dr George Tiller
    now he wants Johnny Q Public to be the new baby killer
    The catholic hospitals across the country will all be closing
    but Aborted babies brains and limbs in other hospitals garbage cans will still need hosing

    The real teabaggers are Barnie and the safe school czar
    Your kids aren’t safe in a bus or car
    Jennings might not report it if their molested at a bus station
    lets hope he don’t have Nambla take them on vacation

  • Citizen Jerry

    Few people have ever made me ashamed to be a Nebraskan. This is such a person.

  • glassmaker

    Nelson’s trying to distance himself from the rest of the democrats.

  • svjim

    “We could sit not by party but by state, or by alphabet, or some other way that erases the partisan divide.”

    I’m in favor of shoe size, myself.