DEMS LEANING TOWARDS BAKING A CAKE AND POPPING CHAMPAGNE BOTTLES IF LIEBERMAN REALLY LEAVES-- SOME WANT TO PUSH HIM OUT WITH A HARSH ANTI-WAR BILL
Last Sunday we ran a story about Lieberhound spitting in the eye of every Connecticut voter. It ended like this:
So what's next? Well, let me be the first to predict that Lieberman will make it official and switch his caucus-status to the Republicans, throwing control of that chamber to them. Today Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid said he's through with the symbolic nonbinding bullshit. That will be enough for Clinton's "same-thing" boy to jump over to the GOP.
I was right about Lieberman's probable fence-jumping-- as Ken has made you aware today-- but I was, thankfully, wrong about a switch giving the GOP the committee chairmanships. We'll find out real soon if Lieberman, who already sits with the Repugs, will make it official. Today Senate Democrats announced they are drafting legislation-- and that's the binding type-- "to limit the mission of U.S. troops in Iraq, effectively revoking the broad authority Congress granted in 2002."
If the Dems go through with it, Lieberman will bug out-- and good riddance to him! The proposed legislation reportedly would "restrict American troops in Iraq to combating al-Qaida, training Iraqi army and police forces, maintaining Iraq's territorial integrity and otherwise proceeding with the withdrawal of combat forces." After the bad faith shown by McConnell and the GOP in general, Reid and the Democrats are finished with the nonbinding crap.
Once it became clear that Lieberman switching parties wouldn't trigger a reorganization of the leadership structure, most Democrats were privately saying they're better off without him. Even the most egregious of Lieberman's enablers, people who undermined Lamont's campaign-- like Landrieu, Schumer, Reid, Clinton and Salazar-- don't care anymore and seem happy that this is going to come to a head. Lieberman is obviously supporting fellow warmonger John McCain for president and the two of them plus Lindsey Graham have their own little thing going. The whole brouhaha seems to be proving that Lieberman has no real leverage with the Democrats afterall (regardless of really embarrassingly sloppy reporting by some Italian guy in Time).
UPDATE: HOLY JOE THINKS ALL AMERICANS SHOULD JUST STFU AND LET BUSH KILL EVERYONE IN IRAQ
Two of our favorite bloggers, David Sirota and Jane Hamsher are talking about Devious Joe today. Neither understands why the mainstream media lets Lieberman get away with all the deception he subjected voters to in Connecticut when he was running in the general election. Then t was "by the end of this year , we will begin to draw down significant numbers of American troops." Now  Lieberman is bitching that Bush isn't sending enough troops into the utterly hopeless Iraq Civil War. He went from "No one wants to end the war more than I do" to threatening to stop caucusing with Democrats if they are too strenuous in their opposition to the war. Ever hear anyone on CNN mention that?