Posted Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at 12:10 PM
James Hohmann flags the new TV ad from Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning, the guy who scared Chuck Hagel out of the Senate (he threatened a primary in 2008, and Hagel realized that he wanted to spend more time with his family), the candidate currently boosted by the Club for Growth and FreedomWorks. The pitch is simple:
That's a lot of lawsuits. In addition to the catch-all attorneys general case against the Obamacare mandate, Bruning's suits include a challenge to the contraception mandate, the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, and the EPA's greenhouse gas findings.
One lawsuit you won't find on the list: The abortive 2010 challenge to the "Cornhusker kickback," an offer of free Medicaid money for Nebraska, in perpetuity, that was temporarily made to win Sen. Ben Nelson's vote. At the time, even though 13 other attorneys general were revving up their printers, Bruning demured. "I'm not confident there is a compelling legal argument here," he told the Omaha Herald. "The cases I've read make it pretty clear Congress is able to do almost any darn fool thing they want to do."
People learn. The ad: