Thursday, February 22, 2007



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).


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 [2006], we will begin to draw down significant numbers of American troops." Now [2007] 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?



At 5:38 AM, Blogger Psychomikeo said...

They can have ol kissyface

At 5:50 AM, Blogger Teeguzz said...

I caught some of Star Wars (Episode II?) on HBO last night and couldn't help but marvel at the resemblance of Holy Joe to the odious Chancellor Palpatine. Let him go now, end the charade - It just amazing to recall that this guy was Gore's running mate a scant 7 years ago...

At 7:52 AM, Blogger Hackwhackers said...

For those who hoped that Holy Joe Lieberlikud's election wouldn't pose too much of a problem for Democrats, this looks like the cold shower awaiting them. His one litmus test is Iraq; not health insurance, not education, not economic fairness, not potential Bush court appointees. He is despicable.

At 11:23 AM, Blogger Milt Shook said...

I wish I could say the same.

I don't care about Liberman, but we need his "D" if nothing else. If he does bolt, the Senate goes back to a Republican Party that not only has a lame duck president to deal with, but which knows it won't have a snowball's chance of hell of winning in '08. Imagine a Senate led by a bunch of assholes, who know they only have two years to do as much damage as possible...

I'm not saying we should keep Joe happy by putting off an anti-war vote. But I can't be gleeful about his possible departure. Yet.

At 3:03 PM, Blogger DownWithTyranny said...

Milt-- good news. Follow the links in the story and you will see that the Senate does NOT go back to GOP leadership when Lieberman bolts. The Jeffords case, which I thought was normal, was a special instance that had been step up in advance. When Lieberman makes his GOP status official, the committees stay as they are.

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