by Todd Beeton, Thu Nov 20, 2008 at 12:43:23 PM EST
Whether it be his third-party re-election in 2006 or the recent vote to keep him on as chair of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Joe Lieberman keeps managing to escape any accountability for trashing Democrats, pursuing policies that have made the US less safe and just being an all-around bad Senator. So the question is, will he ever be held accountable?
The ultimate goal for those of us who want him punished, of course, is defeating him in 2012, and hey, it's never too early to start. FireDogLake has already launched a Defeat Joe Lieberman pledge to start building the online army.
Certainly, Connecticut seems ready and willing to give Joe the boot in 4 years, especially after his dishonorable mission to take down Barack Obama this year. Markos has the latest Research 2000 poll results:
Do you approve or disapprove of the job Joe Lieberman is doing as U.S. senator?
Approve 36 (45)
Disapprove 61 (43)
If the 2012 election for U.S. Senate were held today would you to reelect Joe Lieberman would you consider voting for another candidate or would you vote to replace Lieberman?
Consider Someone Else 18
And talk about buyer's remorse:
If you could vote again for U.S. Senate would you vote for Ned Lamont theDemocrat Alan Schlesinger the Republican or Joe Lieberman an Independent?
Lieberman (I) 34 (36)
Lamont (D) 59 (51)
Schlesinger (R) 3 (7)
But all that is four years from now. What can be done more immediately? For one, my hope is that Barack Obama manages to leverage his own advocacy for Lieberman into unyielding support from Joe for Obama's agenda. If he were to re-convene a Gang of 14-like group of Senate "moderates," Lieberman could conceivably lead a swing coalition in the Senate that would have the potential to determine the fate of many a cloture vote; I'd like to think Obama secured Lieberman's assurance that he would wield that power to help advance Obama's agenda and do his best to remove any obstruction from moderate Dems and Republicans.
But on a more punitive level, we may have to settle for a censure by Connecticut Democrats as they've indicated they may do next month.
Two members of Connecticut's Democratic state central committee, Audrey Blondin and Myrna Watanabe, said they'll still ask Connecticut's top Democrats to consider a resolution repudiating Lieberman for publicly backing McCain. It also would ask him to resign from the party.
"Ultimately, there were no consequences to his actions," Blondin said.
A meeting of state Democrats is scheduled for Dec. 17. [...]
The resolution circulated by Watanabe and Blondin says Lieberman's actions exhibited "extraordinary disloyalty to countless Connecticut Democrats without whom his career as an elected official would never have been possible."
It calls on the 72-member state central committee to "publicly censure and repudiate the words and actions" of Lieberman and asks him to leave the party.