10.31.2009

Fuck You, Joe Lieberman. Fuck. You.



Sen. Joe Lieberman not only threatened to join a republican filibuster to stop democrats health care bill, he's not saying he's planning to campaign for republicans in 2010 (via TPM).

Lieberman, from an interview with ABC News:

"I probably will support some Republican candidates for Congress or Senate in the election in 2010. I'm going to call them as I see them."

In addition to McCain, Lieberman hit the trail in 2008 for Republicans Sen. Susan Collins (ME) and Rep. Peter King (NY).

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What's sad about Joe little vengence tour, is that in 1994 he called the filibuster ‘unfair’ and it isn’t ‘right’ to use it to obstruct major legislation.

From Think Progress:
[...] At that time Lieberman, a freshman senator, was working with Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) to introduce legislation that would drastically weaken the power of the filiibuster. HuffPost’s Sam Stein recalls that the Connecticut senator said it was “unfair” to use the filibuster to threaten major legislation and argued it isn’t “right” to use it to obstruct progress:

The whole process of individual senators being able to hold up legislation, which in a sense is an extension of the filibuster because the hold has been understood in one way to be a threat to filibuster — it’s just unfair.”

“I’m very proud to be standing here with Tom [Harkin] as two Democrats saying that we’re going to begin this fight, because we’ve just been stung by the filibuster for a period of years, and even though the tables have now turned, it doesn’t make it right for us to use this instrument that we so vilified.”

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TPM has more in this: Harkin, Again, Hints At Consequences For Off-The-Reservation Chairmen

Well, that same Tom Harkin has had enough of Lieberman's bellowing for attentional like a temper-tantrum-throwing 2 year old (via Jed Lewison):

Tom Harkin isn't worried about Joe Lieberman's bluff:

"As I said before, when it comes down to getting the 60 votes necessary to pass this bill, I do not believe that Joe Lieberman would want to be the one person who caucuses with the Democrats ... to bring this bill down. I don’t think he wants to go down in history like that," Harkin said.

"He still wants to be a part of the Democratic Party although he is a registered independent. He wants to caucus with us and, of course, he enjoys his chairmanship of the [Homeland Security] committee because of the indulgence of the Democratic Caucus. So, I’m sure all of those things will cross his mind before the final vote."

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