81% of Democrats Want Lieberman Punished for Healthcare Filibuster

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Huffington Post reports today that 81% of Democrats say they believe Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) should be stripped of his powerful chairmanship in the Senate if he ends up supporting a Republican filibuster of health care reform.

Lieberman is the chairman of two important Federal departments:

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Since leaving the Democratic party and becoming an Independent, Lieberman has become an increasingly unpredictable and divisive figure.

While I absolutely agree that Lieberman should be punished if joins a Republican filibuster resulting in the death of healthcare reform, removing Lieberman from his leadership positions is the job of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Reid has proven himself to be anything but a strong and decisive leader.

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18 Responses to 81% of Democrats Want Lieberman Punished for Healthcare Filibuster

  1. TOM339 says:

    I truly hate Lieberman. He’s not human.

    But until the Dumbos pickup a few more senate seats, hopefully in the 2010 midterms, don’t expect to see Reid do anything to anger him.

    Lieberman still caucuses with the Dumbos and often votes with them. He’s not loyal to the Dumbos or the Repugs. What he’s doing now with healthcare has everything to do with the enormous numbers of health insurance companies headquartered in the state of Connecticut.

    Bottomline: until the Dumbos have 62, 63, or 64 votes in the senate, I think Lieberman will still be accorded the respect of the visiting head of state.

  2. Bill Hussein O'Reilly says:

    Can’t we deport him?

    I mean, he’s a dual national. American/Israeli. I thought after 9/11 this was illegal?

  3. Dmitris says:

    I remember when Lieberman was challenged by Ned Lamont. Lamont lost. When Lieberman returned to the senate, he received a standing ovation from his fellow Democrats. Makes you wonder whose side the Democrats are on?

  4. bradfrmphnx says:

    “Makes you wonder whose side the Democrats are on?”

    Dmitris…I think they are all on the side of self preservation.

    Lieberman is another one of those old senators who won’t die and let some youth get interjected into the senate…same with McCain and Kyle here in AZ. There are good arguements for and against term limitations, and I know they will never be, but I think there should be SOME kind of term limits placed. Career politicians are career leg pullers.

  5. Rachel says:

    I would like to strap Joe to a chair and force him to eat 5lbs. of raw bacon. He’s shit and for a man who claims to be “deeply religious,” is the poorest excuse for a Jew I’ve ever seen in my adult life.

  6. The good news is that Lieberman will never, ever be re-elected again. Many Democrats (myself included, though I was a Republican at the time) thought that Lieberman was only conservative when it came to military matters. Now it’s clear that he is bought by the insurance companies. CT, thought they were electing a liberal who they disagreed on one issue, instead they elected a whore.

  7. HalfGay says:

    The sad thing is that he is like a wart. You think you get rid of him in one area and pops up in another. He should be ashamed of himself but he is so distracted with filling his pockets I don’t think he has allowed himself time to think about his actions.

  8. I do not like Lieberman in general, but I am very opposed to the healthcare overhaul. It makes me feel farther from the Democratic party. I want a party that wants to use gov’t to help the poor. I do not want the gov’t taking over almost another fifth of the economy. I am not knowledgeable about whether the overhaul is bad enough to filibuster over, but I suspect it is. I’m glad someone’s trying to stop it.

  9. Harry says:

    Lieberman is a childish, vindictive, asshole and if the president cuts a deal with him, he’s letting himself be played.

  10. Randy Arroyo says:

    Harry – Ed Schultz swears Rahm Emanual told Obama to bit the bullet and cut a deal with Lieberman or risk seeing his signature legislation go down in flames. If Schultz is correct, then Lieberman is running the U.S. and not Obama. It’s come to this.

  11. mbmdl says:

    Holy Joe is like a 67 year old 6 year old. He needs lots of attention to feed his ego. Anytime the spotlight isn’t on him, he screams or throws food at the wall in order to make people look at him. It’s rather embarrassing.

  12. Fran says:

    Apparently there is another avenue to pursue….

    The Huffington Post reports that progressives can defeat Lieberman by using “reconciliation, the parliamentary procedure that would allow Democrats to pass chunks of health care reform by a simple up or down vote” but that “the White House and Reid’s office seem hesitant to use the procedural tool, even after Lieberman’s latest round of opposition.”

    What?? Talk about weak! We’re asking progressive senators like Russ Feingold, Bernie Sanders, and others to fight back now:

    PETITION: “Don’t let Joe Lieberman win! Americans need you to stand strong and block any ‘compromise’ without a strong public option. If necessary, demand that Sen. Harry Reid and President Obama support budget reconciliation and pass a bill with just 51 votes — at which point, Joe Lieberman will be irrelevant and the public option can be made even stronger.”

    They need to pull the rug out from LIEberman.
    He is a lunatic egomanic derailing the health care reform process.

    Clearly he knows this is not popular…..
    People have been protesting @ his DC & CT offices… lots of arrests.


  13. Joe in Colorado says:

    The Obama team is so desperate for a health care deal before the end of the year, something the president can cite as an accomplishment in January’s SOTU address that they’ve already capitulated to Holy Joe’s demands and will drop the Medicare buy-in portion of the bill. At least now the American people will see for themselves who is the de facto president and his name is Joe Lieberman.

  14. Estacada says:

    I guess President Obama will have to regrade himself from a “B+” to a “C” now that Senator Lieberman has ruined his signature piece of legislation: healthcare reform.

    Will this mean Obama won’t run for a second term?

  15. feminazi says:

    We could’ve had Ned Lamont representing us. I voted for Lamont. Lieberman used to be alright but, as he’s aged he had become a conservative pretending to be a progressive. If he were to run today, Connecticut voters would reject him. He is not popular in this state.

  16. Reamus says:

    If Joltin Joe can hold up this whole mess—the bill is a mess, admit it–then he should be tossed into the Republican Caucus and left for dead, the hell with 60 votes, if I gotta cut a deal with him to “win”, I’m not sure I want to.

    Useless jackass. Hasn’t gt the brain of a sow, but he knows how to get face time on the talk shows–just object to whatever seems popular. Of course, Hartford is the home of how many insurance companies again?

  17. euandus2 says:

    It is no accident that one Senator can be an obstructionist. He, and the filibuster for that matter, remind us that the governmental sovereignty allowed the state governments is what is really represented in the US Senate (unlike in the US House of Reps). As frustrating as it is, there is a trade off in wiping this out in favor of remaking the US Senate on the basis of the principles of the US House…trade offs given the scale of the US. and what the US is. For this argument, pls see http://euandus3.wordpress.com/2009/12/14/will-there-be-a-health-reform-bill-out-of-the-us-senate/

  18. jonathanb. says:

    I think the best way of getting rid of Lieberman ( I don’t like the term ‘punished’) is to do everything we can to get him out of office. No doubt, if he is ousted, he will either go to work for Pharma or AIPAC. At least he will no longer have a vote in the Senate.

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