Joe Lieberman, for some reason still part of the Democratic caucus, had this to say (and don’t let the story’s headline deceive you) about his “support” for the health reform bill moving through the Senate:
U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn., whose vote could be crucial to breaking an expected GOP filibuster on health care legislation, Thursday said he would consider voting to move the bill forward, even if he ultimately casts his ballot against the reform package.
Lieberman said he was “inclined to let the motion to proceed” (on cloture) go forward, but “I haven’t decided yet.”
So he hasn’t made up his mind yet? Look, if Lieberman can’t stand with the Democrats in opposition to the “no-plan” Republicans over a cloture vote on the health-care bill, Harry Reid should kick his sorry butt out the caucus before the roll call is even complete. What’s the point of having Lieberman on the team (which he hasn’t supported strongly in the past anyway) if he ends up sleeping with the enemy?
As a progressive, I’m driven to almost total distraction by this guy. Yes, the Dems have a big tent—but it doesn’t include any part of the Rethuglican tent, does it? If he’d rather hang with Coburn, Ensign, Graham, McCain, and Cochran, let him. And to think that we came this close to having this idiot become Vice President. . . .