Lieberman is All Bark and No Bite

Earlier this week, Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman did his darndest to get headlines by hinting at opposition to healthcare reform. Turns out -- and this is little surprise -- Lieberman was just blowing hot air.

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.

It was pretty clear that what Lieberman was looking for was attention rather than any meaningful changes to healthcare reform legislation. At this point, Lieberman doesn't have much leverage over his Democratic colleagues, whose support he relies upon (along with that of the President) to maintain his chairmanship and seniority; were he to actually to be the one member of the Senate Democratic caucus to vote to sink healthcare reform, it's difficult to fathom him not being stripped of his power, so he does not represent nearly as credible of a threat as he would have us believe. As a result, Lieberman has had to walk back his weak threat, conceding that he could very well vote for cloture even if he votes against the ultimate bill -- a position that would likely be palatable to (even if not loved by) those Democrats now allowing him the privileges of seniority.

Tags: 111th Congress, Healthcare, Joe Lieberman (all tags)

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yeah, I think so too

After all, back when the stimulus passed he trumpeted it as a sign health care reform could pass.  I think this was just posturing and a desperate attempt to keep power in the hands of Lieberman/Snowe/Collins/Nelson.

by John DE 2009-10-16 09:37AM | 0 recs
Re: Lieberman is All Bark and No Bite

If Lieberman votes to sustain a Republican filibuster, he should have his chairmanship taken away.  

by Kent 2009-10-16 11:01AM | 0 recs
Re: Lieberman is All Bark and No Bite

Change should to will.

by vecky 2009-10-16 01:47PM | 0 recs
It's a DEMOCRATIC filibuster

The term "Republican filibuster" should be removed from our vocabularies until they have 41 or more Senators. Until then, it's Democratic obstructionism.

Either way, it's hard to imagine Reid's caucus punishing Lieberman in any way, although joining Republicans to filibuster THE issue of Obama's presidency is a bit more consequential than him campaigning (although vigorously) against his caucus's presidential candidate and attempting to discredit him on foreign policy.

by bpfish 2009-10-16 11:30AM | 0 recs
Re: Lieberman is All Bark and No Bite

I knew all along Evan Bayh and some of the democratic senators were more interested in protecting their buddy Lieberman when they wanted him to get the chairmanship rather than some real concern for the Democratic Party agenda. All that bullcrap Bayh mentioned about Lieberman falling in line was hogwash and it should be no surprise to anyone.

by Pravin 2009-10-17 09:35AM | 0 recs

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