29 October 2009

Joe Lieberman: Just like a Republican

Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) has done it again. The former Democratic Vice Presidential candidate (with Al Gore in 2000) has once again shown his appreciation for the party that gave him such an honor nine years ago by spitting on us. This week he indicated that he would support the probable Republican filibuster of the health care reform bill. He obviously cares more about the insurance companies than the sick people those companies are ripping off. Just like a Republican.

And this kind of thing is nothing new.

Lieberman switched his party affiliation from Dem to Independent in 2006, when Ned Lamont beat him in the 2006 Democratic primary in Connecticut. Instead of accepting the message that the Dems of his state were tired of his support for George W. Bush's misguided policies, he spitefully ran instead as an Independent. And, unfortunately, he won.

And he continued voting with Bush most of the time. Just like a Republican.

And last year he campaigned for John McCain for President, not Obama. Just like a Republican.

Are the people of Connecticut feeling any buyer's remorse yet?

And what about the Senate Democratic leadership? How much longer will the Senate Dems put up with Lieberman's nonsense and let him retain his positions as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Chairman of a subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee? Those chairmanships are usually reserved for senior members of the current majority party, not Independent turncoats.

It's obvious that Lieberman has more in common these days with the Republicans than with the Democrats. And it's about time people realized this and stopped coddling him. Like a spoiled child, coddling him can only serve to embolden him.

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