From the National Journal:
We’re sure Sens. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Ben Nelson (D-NE) are used to being mistaken for one another. But it looks pretty bad when someone running to join them in the Dem caucus does the mistaking.
In an email to supporters sent last night, OH Sec/State Jennifer Brunner (D) voiced her support for health care legislation free of anti-abortion language similar to the House bill.
“On Tuesday night the U.S. Senate turned aside a dire threat to the rights of women to reproductive health services when Sen. Bill Nelson’s amendment to the Senate health care reform bill was defeated by a 54-45 vote,” Brunner writes to supporters.
The only trouble is, the amendment was Ben Nelson’s effort to include Stupak-like language in the Senate bill. On a vote to table the measure, effectively killing it, Ben Nelson voted no, in order to keep his bill alive, while Bill Nelson voted yes.
The campaign immediately sent out a correction.
And this gets the truth of the matter: Brunner didn’t really flip-flop on Afghanistan or pander on heath care. Instead, Secretary Brunner doesn’t actually know a hill of beans about foreign policy or the minutia of what is going on in Congress. And her campaign is so cash-poor that she can’t hire smart staff to help her hide her ignorance.