The following report has been published at the Weekly Standard and they are standing by it.
The denials have been made; both by Sen Nelson and the White House.
Let’s take a look at the report:
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Twenty Republican senators have requested that the Senate Armed Services Committee launch an investigation into reports that the Obama White House threatened to close Nebraska’s Offutt Air Force base unless Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson fell into line on health care. Those reports first appeared on this blog. In the letter to Senators Levin and McCain, the committee chairman and ranking member, the 20 ask that “a hearing be held as to whether the BRAC process has been compromised.”
Meanwhile, both Nelson and the White House strenuously deny the allegation. A statement from White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer asserts “This rumor is absolutely false, as the people spreading it well know. This is nothing but a cynical, crass political game that is designed to maintain the status quo. Let’s be clear: the people spreading these falsehoods think nothing is wrong with a system under which families and businesses continue to bear the brunt of skyrocketing costs, insurance companies are allowed to discriminate and drop at will, and thousands of Americans lose their coverage every single day.”
They protest a little too much. I do not know this story is “absolutely false.” To the contrary, I’m confident it’s true. Twenty senators are now calling for an investigation, and each is presumably pretty well sourced in the Senate. If the charges are “absolutely false,” maybe the White House will encourage Senate Democrats to call this Republican bluff. I won’t hold my breath.
What is absolutely true is that the threat itself is clumsy. The Base Realignment and Closure Process won’t get started again for a couple of years, and Offutt is a nearly irreplaceable piece of America’s national security infrastructure. Still, this White House does sometimes see national security issues in terms of jobs created or saved. They’re closing Gitmo and moving hardened al Qaeda terrorists into your neighborhood? Don’t worry, that’s 3,000 jobs created or saved. You’re not going to vote for health care? That’s 11,000 jobs your state just lost!
The desperation of the White House — caving to Lieberman, threatening Nelson, attacking Dean — is what’s most striking. This is not the behavior of a team assured of their position and confident in the outcome. This is the behavior of team that is standing “on the precipice,” and about to fall into a ravine. And Nelson still hasn’t said he will vote for the bill.
Posted by Michael Goldfarb at11:01 PM
Seems to me, where there is smoke of this sort, Congress is obliged to investigate for the fire.
- were it not for the all out Socialist insistence on passing ObamaCare…
- were it not for Obama himself…
- were it not for a mountain of Chicago Thug Behavior that has been exposed over the last several years…
- were it not for the Socialist trail of Lies and Deceptions…
- were it not for the slandering of the Majority of Americans by Pelosi and her gang of Congressional Socialists…
- were it not for the inbred character of Andy Sterns of SEIU…
- were it not for the criminal behavior of ACORN…
- were it not for the appointment of Marxist Activists as WH Czars…
- were it not for Associations with known Domestic Terrorists like William Ayers…
- were it not for all that, and MORE, I would be skeptical.
Common Sense tells me this is something the White House would do in a heart beat… it is about the Persuasion of Power and Obama has shown no limits to which he will go to get what he wants in spite of an Historic Disapproval by the majority of the citizens of America to whom he is absolutely accountable.
If this turns out to be confirmed… may God Have Mercy On His Soul… because he will get none from the Majority of Americans.
There has been independent vetting… and in this case it comes from FOX News:
Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion:Complaint Against SEIU In Mass. Senate Race and Inevitable “Two Black Role Models Fall From Grace” Post and It’s On – Boycott The Entire State of Connecticut and Senate Theater of the Absurd and Gallup Actually Shows Opposition to Obamacare at Highest Level
HOTAiR: Nebraska governor to Ben Nelson: Kill the bill and AP again sees jobless claims rise “unexpectedly” and Pelosi: Obama’s on his own for Afghanistan surge funding
Dick Morris: COPENHAGEN: AFRICAN DICTATORS DEMAND “DEMOCRACY”
Heritage Foundation: Small Business Is Not Better Off Under Obamacare and Morning Bell: The Left’s Righteous War Against the Individual Mandate and Protecting Wireless Consumers: Google over Government
Gateway Pundit:Hillary Clinton Promises $100 Billion to Poor Regimes to Fight Global Warming Junk Science (Video) and Tea Party Movement Now More Popular Than Dem or Republican Parties
Sister Toldjah: Senate aide: Military base in Nebraska threatened in WH healthcare fight w/ Nelson and Roland Burris not committed to voting for healthcare “reform”
American Power: If You Know What’s Good For You, You’ll Get Out of My Way… and Every Little Thing She Does is Magic… and E.D. Kain’s Alinsky Rules in Action! and Voters Reject Democrats in New Poll
Bob McCarthy Writes: China Plays It Smart While Democrats Destroy: What You Need to Know About Your Energy Future
Nice Deb: 20 GOP Senators Call for Investigation of Offutt Air Force Base Threat and Video:FL Congressional Candidate and Internet Sensation Lt Col (Ret) Allen West On Hannity
Frugal Café: Frankenstein’s Monster… ObamaCare’s Hideous, Clumsy Creation: Which Version of ObamaCare Will Be Up for Vote? and READ IT: Sen. Coburn Forces Reading Aloud of Sanders’ 767-Page Health Care Amendment (video) and Outrage Grows in Copenhagen… Journalist McAleer Pelted with Vegetable, Cut Off Asking Inconvenient Questions on Global Warming (video) and Give Water: This Is Christmas… This Is Advent Conspiracy (video) and Terrorist-Based Economy in Illinois? Jihadists Will Call Illinois ‘Home’ (video)
Talk Wisdom:The Disturbing Thuggery of this Admin Worsens!
Michelle Malkin: SEIU shenanigans in Massachusetts and Thumbs down: Nebraska pro-life group responds to Demcare abortion “compromise” and Beclowned: Michael Moore threatens to boycott Connecticut over Lieberman and Single-payer on the Senate floor; Update: Dems end bill reading with questionable tactics
Texas For Palin:A thoughtful liberal reviews ‘Going Rogue’
Conservatives For Palin: Governor Palin First Politician Ever to Hold the Top Spot on USA Today’s Best-Seller List for 4 Straight Weeks and Tom Coburn: There are Rationing Provisions in the Health Care Bill
Boudica WPI:Obama administration a cesspool of corruption
LisainTX’s Blog:National Defense compromised by Chicago Mobsters? and USDA: Now in the tree and biofuel business? Property Owners Pay Attention! and In Your Honor
Diary of a Mad Conservative:Who’s going under the bus for this one?
Moonbat Patrol:Financial Reform The Saga Continues and Fourth And Long On ObamaCare, Time To Punt and The Obama Conundrum
OhioBelle’s Blog:OBAMACARE PACKED WITH MORE LIES
SamHenry’s Blog:More US Debt? World Gov on the Way? Arab Oil-Rich Friends Creating Common Currency and Copenhagen to Connecticut: Holiday Smear – Mischianza for December 16, 2009
VotingFemale Speaks!:Lieberman – One against Many; it is a matter of his principles: Update: Joe didn’t blink, they did
Temple of Mut:Senate Switchboards Melting!
Dancing Czars: Obama’s communists now ruling the USA: republic is formally dead and Amid rumbling discontent, Democrats head for the exits on Health Care Bill and Climate Change Talks ‘Run Risk Of Failure’ Schwarzenegger to Save the World!