The Democratic National Committee is defending its decision to spend nearly $500,000 on television ads that, in the process of defending Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) for his support of health care reform, took a swipe at a public option for insurance coverage.
On Monday, Joe Sudbay of Americablog reported that the DNC had forked over $459,760.00 to the Nebraska Democratic Committee, which, in turn, used that money to sponsor television ads on Nelson’s behalf. Those ads featured the senator explaining his support for health care legislation in part by noting he had changed the legislation so that insurance coverage would not be "run by the government." It was a clear slight at the public plan.
Liberals already had a reason to be wary of donating money to the DNC, when the money could conceivably end up in the hands of conservative Democrats like Ben Nelson, who tried to derail healthcare reform.
Now we are learning that the DNC is funding ads that actually defend Nelson’s actions?
Very, very troubling
The DNC has certainly gone downhill fast since Howard Dean’s days at the helm.