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Friday, October 30, 2009

Senator Tom Harken Threatens Joe Lieberman Over Obamacare Filibuster

Senator Tom Harkin did everything but place a horse's head in Joe Lieberman's bed as he discussed the Connecticut Senator's Decision to join a filibuster of any Obamacare bill which contains the public option.  He implied that if Lieberman , and independent, voted for the filibuster he would lose his committee chairmanship and would no longer be allowed to caucus with the Democratic Party:
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), chairman of the Senate HELP Committee, told reporters that Lieberman (I-Conn.) ought to consider the benefits of his membership in the Democratic caucus before he decides how to vote on healthcare reform.
“[Lieberman] 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," Harkin said in a conference call.

 Lieberman already has two stikes against him ever since he endorsed and campaigned for John McCain in 2008. At the beginning of this Congressional session in January, some progressives called for him to be expelled from the caucus and stripped of his commitee chairmanship, but Joe was kept around for the possibility of attaining a filibuster-proof majority.
It's premature to say what action Democrats may take against Lieberman if he follows through on that suggestion. Still hoping to win his votes, Democratic leaders have been hesitant to openly criticize him.

Harkin, for his part, suggested that Lieberman would eventually come around.

“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 bring this bill down," Harkin said. "I don’t think he wants to go down in history like that."

The opposite is also true, maybe Joe Lieberman may not want to go down in history as the guy who gave America the higher taxes and lower quality of care that goes along with this oppressive health care plan.


TexasFred said...

Joe Lieberman needs to make a stand, one way or the other.. I hate fence sitters that paly BOTH sides against the middle...

If you stand in the middle of the road, all you get is run the hell over...

Libertarian Advocate said...

Joe Lieberman is not a stupid fellow. He knows his chances of holding on to his chairmanship were blown a long time ago. I believe he was allowed to keep the Chair until Obama got Health Care and Cap & Trade done, then they would have tossed Lieberman under the bus at the earliest opportunity.

Hell, Dodd did it in 2006, when Lamont ousted Lieberman as the Democrat candidate for senate here in CT. Lieberman beat Lamont and the Republican in a 3 way race as an Independent. Ever since then, the "Progressive" Dems both here and in Washingtoon have not been shy in expressing their hatred for him. Jury's still out on which way Lieberman will vote, but IMO if he ultimately votes with Obama & Reid, they'll still screw him afterward.

Of possible relevance here is the fact that Lieberman did not appear at the fundraiser Obama did for Dodd last Friday in Stamford. Lieberman's reason was observance of the Sabbath, certainly valid reason, but no doubt unforgivable to Obama who demands absolute fealty.

We live in interesting times.

Was that long winded enough?

Anonymous said...

Harkin's remarks only illustrate the concerns Democrats are quietly feeling in regards to getting this monstrosity passed. Threats as the one posed by Harkin show the lack of professionalism inherent in the membership of the Democratic party. Bully politics at its best. I hope this only emboldens Joe in his attempt to bring this government power grab to an end.