Special guest host, Rose Tennent, filling in for Sean, kicked off the opening of the show with a small quiz: What does the next Rolling Stones concert, last year’s Super Bowl and Ben Nelson all have in common? They’re all sell outs! Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska faces a major backlash after he compromised on his pro-life views on abortion by proposing language in the Senate health care bill that funds abortions and saying he would vote for the pro-abortion health care bill. “Everyone enrolled in these plans,” Tennent detailed, “will have to pay a monthly abortion premium. Even if you’re against abortion, you will be forced, after the fact, to be an accessory to abortion. You will be forced to participate in what you feel is a moral crime.” Democrats purchased Nelson’s vote. Buying Ben Nelson’s vote is a step in the wrong direction. Americans want health care reform based on what is best for all people, not based o n who gets more concessions in exchange for votes.
Not Finished Yet
Senator Mitch McConnell joined Rose in the show’s first hour and vowed to continue to fight against a bill he believes is a “Ponzi scheme.” The Senate Minority Leader said “this debate is far from over.” McConnell has accused Democrats of legislating a “Ponzi scheme” in which taxes would be raised years before the bill’s benefits begin to even kick in. This battle is not over. There will be two more 60-vote cloture votes this week, and if Republicans can shame even one Democrat into opposing this pork-land bill we can stop it. Those votes are tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. and Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m.
Taxpayers Subsidizing Abortions?
Political commentator and author Ann Coulter join Rose and cleared the air of a few ill-conceived beliefs. “I think we can now dispense of the notion of pro-life Democrats, moderate Democrats – let this be a warning to all you lifelong Dems,” Coulter cautioned. “This is the end of the line,” Coulter continued, “Ben Nelson and Harry Reid were always touted as the big pro-life Democrats…well they just voted for a bill that requires taxpayers to subsidize abortions.” Coulter remains steadfast in her belief that ultimately this bill will not become law. She believes the issue of tax subsidized abortions and other aspects of the bill will prove to be major hurdles – upon which the House and Senate will not be able to find common ground.
Michele Marie Amble Bachmann (born April 6, 1956) is the United States Representative of Minnesota's 6th congressional district and member of the Republican Party . She is the third woman and first Republican woman to represent Minnesota in Congress. She defeated her Democratic challenger, Elwyn Tinklenberg , in the 2008 election in a race that had gained national attention following her controversial televised call for the media to investigate members of Congress for perceived anti-American bias, including Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama . The 6th congressional district includes the northern far suburbs of the Twin Cities along with St. Cloud . She won 50 percent of the votes in the 2006 election , defeating Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party candidate Patty Wetterling and the Independence Party 's John Binkowski . Bachmann served in the Minnesota State Senate from 2001 to 2007.
Ann Hart Coulter (born December 8, 1961) is an American social and political commentator , best-selling author , and syndicated columnist . She frequently appears on television, radio, and as a speaker at public and private events. Well-known for her conservative political opinions and the controversial ways in which she defends them, Coulter has described herself as a polemicist who likes to "stir up the pot" and, unlike "broadcasters," does not "pretend to be impartial or balanced."
Mitch McConnell, the longest-serving U.S. Senator in Kentucky’s history, is the Senate Republican Leader in the 111th Congress. Elected to that position unanimously by his colleagues on November 18, 2008, he is the 15th Senate Republican Leader and only the second Kentuckian to lead his party in the Senate. The first, Alben Barkley, led the Democrats from 1937 to 1949. Leader McConnell previously served, again by the unanimous vote of his colleagues, as the Republican Leader in the 110th Congress and the Majority Whip in the 108th and 109th Congresses. McConnell also served in leadership as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the 1998 and 2000 election cycles. McConnell currently serves as a senior member of the Appropriations, Agriculture and Rules Committees.