Ben Nelson Responds (Lamely) to Progressives With New TV Ad (VIDEO)

09/11/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America recently began airing ads in Nebraska holding Ben Nelson accountable for undermining the public option.

Immediately after these ads were announced, The Huffington Post's Sam Stein reported that Nelson called the small-business owner featured in the ad and defensively tried to get him to stop speaking out. Then Nelson called Howard Dean, founder of Democracy for America.

Today, Nelson continued scrambling -- airing an ad of his own in Nebraska on health care.

Nelson is obviously feeling the heat. Airing statewide ads is a highly unusual move for someone not up for re-election until 2012. Hopefully for him, he didn't spend too much money producing the ad because it's, well, quite boring.

As Greg Sargent points out, it didn't address the public option at all. And for good reason -- Nelson's efforts to undermine the public option are out of step with 76% of Americans, 71% of rural Americans, and even 50% of Republicans.

Today, the PCCC and DFA are putting the ad featuring the small-business owner holding Nelson accountable up for another week -- and will keep airing it as long as small dollar donors keep chipping in to air it.