The Weekly Standard’s Michael Goldfarb is quoting a Senate aid that White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, has threatened Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson to force his support for the Obamacare Bill. Emanuel is known as a vicious political operative and the story from Goldfarb is that the White House threatened to place the Offut Air Force Base on the official closure list unless Nelson votes for the Democrat heath care takeover.
The United States Air Force base is home to The Strategic Command and was purposefully located in the middle of the country for security reasons. The base also employs around 10,000 military personnel and civilians. The Weekly Standard quotes the aid as describing Obama’s actions as a “naked effort by Rahm Emanuel and the White House to extort Nelson’s vote…threatening to close a base vital to national security for what?”
Glenn Beck reported that Nelson’s office has denied the story, but Beck also interviewed the author and he stands by his source. As you know that I hate the media, but I am more likely to believe the news story than the denial from Nelson’s office.
Maybe blackmail is too nice a term for these types of actions. How about extortion…allegedly?
I understand that Nelson may not want to out his Democrat president, but is it not time to stop the politics of Washington?
Is it not time to for elected officials to start actually representing their constituents?
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