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Joe Lieberman, Hypocrite

I had to put a moratorium on posts about the healthcare reform effort, because after awhile, as noted in the comments, the sheer mountain of hypocrisy begins to crush one’s soul. These asshole senators criticize government-run health insurance on the grounds that it is too expensive, even though every reputable study shows that it dramatically lowers the overall cost of healthcare.  Last week it seemed like the public option got pushed down a flight of stairs in the senate negotiations, only to land on its feet in the form of Medicare buy-in for people aged 55-64.  Not the greatest, but not too shabby either!  It’s basically the middle of the road proposal Ted Kennedy was working on a few years ago.  I’m especially partial to this particular compromise, because I know for a fact it would provide direct relief to my in-laws, who, as members of the 55-64 demographic, are stuck in medical insurance hell purgatory (not to be confused with the poor bankrupted individuals who really are in medical insurance hell).

My father-in-law retired a few years ago from his job at, of all places, an insurance company, because the stress of working for those fiends was affecting his health.   So he took another job in order to keep some health benefits, this time at a health clinic.  He’s a network engineer, and he was tasked with bringing their woeful computer system into the 21st century.  Right after he finished the upgrade, the fuckers cut his health benefits.  Curious timing, that!

Thus began the quest for a 55-year old couple to find private health insurance.  And guess what?  It’s damn near impossible.  All plans were prohibitively expensive.  Finally they got hooked up with AARP, which got them a plan that they could afford, but really only protects against catastrophic illness.  All other costs (doctors visits, etc) are basically paid out of pocket.  And they are still 10 years away from qualifying for Medicare.

So the Medicare buy-in compromise has resonance with me, and I hope they pull it off.  Naturally Lieberman has to come shit on everything.  As Ezra Klein put it:

Lieberman was invited to participate in the process that led to the Medicare buy-in. His opposition would have killed it before liberals invested in the idea. Instead, he skipped the meetings and is forcing liberals to give up yet another compromise. Each time he does that, he increases the chances of the bill’s failure that much more. And if there’s a policy rationale here, it’s not apparent to me, or to others who’ve interviewed him. At this point, Lieberman seems primarily motivated by torturing liberals. That is to say, he seems willing to cause the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people in order to settle an old electoral score.

God damn right!  Apparently, this post hit a nerve, because Ezra is now under attack from the various spineless suckling creatures affixed to the underside of Lieberman’s droopy balls for rudely bringing up the subject of needless deaths.  it’s bad form, you see.  Even though, you know, it’s the moral imperative for this whole god awful initiative.

But I’m not posting this to focus on blogger wars.  What kills me is this (h/t Greg Sargent):

If you’re like me and can’t stand to listen to that punk speak for the full two minutes, let me paraphrase for you.  He voices his support for Medicare buy-in.  This was taken from an interview THREE MONTHS AGO.

Fucking.  Swine.  At what point does Lieberman get reviled by polite society?  I’m thinking one last job for Blackwater before they go…  I’m sure there’s an old Yoo memo still kicking around somewhere that ought to cover it.

UPDATE:

Why am I not surprised

Nearly 15 years ago, two Democratic senators — Joe Lieberman and Tom Harkin — decided that the filibuster had become an institutional menace. They called the parliamentary maneuver a “dinosaur” that had become “a symbol of a lot that ails Washington today,” and presented a plan to kill the filibuster once and for all…

Ironically, Lieberman is now a “dinosaur” that has become “a symbol of a lot that ails Washington today”.

Transcript of Lieberman Reconciliation

From the AP:

One senator, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was private, said Lieberman spoke openly about the rejection he faced in 2006, when many Democrats supported his opponent during the Connecticut Senate race.

“He spoke earnestly of the pain he felt when he was rejected by the Democratic Party in his re-election and in turn, the rejection he felt from many in the caucus who campaigned against him after decades and decades of friendship,” the lawmaker said. “And that put him in a very different place approaching the 2008 election and John McCain was the only candidate for president who asked for his support.”

The senator added: “He apologized for crossing the line in a few instances.”

That’s really touching. If only they had recorded the secret proceedings, we could all witness the true spirit of harmony and forgiveness that will no doubt characterize our upcoming Congress. Sadly, all we have is the transcript:

Obama: Yeah, you’re cool to hide here. But first, me and him gotta straighten some shit out.

Lieberman: Fine.

O: Why you been acting so messed up towards me?

L: Why you been acting so messed up towards me?

O: Well, you go first.

L: I don’t know. Maybe I felt a little threatened or something… ’cause your career is kind of just blossoming… and mine’s kind of winding down… or whatever.

O: And I felt like, “This guy’s really hurting me”… and it hurt.

L: And I felt like when you told me to “lieber-lick” my balls… that really hurt.

O: Maybe I was scared, man. You’re Joe Lieberman! Yeah, you’re Joe Lieberman.
You know what it’s like to be another senator in Lieberman’s shadow?
You want to hear something crazy? Your work… in the 2000 presidential campaign… made me want to be a President. I freakin’ worship you, man.

L: I’m sorry I was whack.

O: I was whack.

L: I was whack.

It remains to be seen if Lieberman will use his revived political capital to find out whether there’s more to life than being really, really, ridiculously jack-assed.

Signs of the Hypocralypse: Joe to remain in Big Tent

Per TPM:

When Senate Dems caucus tomorrow, the Democratic leadership is likely to propose that [Lieberman] keep his Homeland Security chairmanship but lose a lesser sub-committee chairmanship instead, according to a source familiar with the situation.

If it happens that way, Senate Dems will be allowing Lieberman to keep his plum spot despite the fact that he has been a disaster at the post, and despite the fact that he endorsed efforts by the GOP to imply that Obama is in league with terrorists, suggested that Obama endangered our troops, and said Obama hasn’t always put the country first.

It’s crap like this that keeps me from committing to the Democrats. Forget all the campaigning for the opposition – we already knew he was a weasel. No, the true crime for which Joe should be hung by his underdeveloped testicles is the failure to mount a single serious investigation against the Bush Administration. Think Progress has the whole damning report.

Why does he even want the chairmanship? He conducted “zero proactive investigations into Bush administration malfeasance” in 2007. (Compare that to Waxman’s House committee, which launches an investigation every time he hears a fart drop). Here’s Newsweek in January of 07:

Sen. Joe Lieberman, the only Democrat to endorse President Bush’s new plan for Iraq, has quietly backed away from his pre-election demands that the White House turn over potentially embarrassing documents relating to its handling of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans.

Here’s the Chicago Tribune, same month:

As the hearing began, a protester stood and unfurled a banner urging “Probe the White House,” a reference to calls for establishment of a commission to investigate the administration’s response to Katrina, modeled after the Sept.11 commission.

Speaking later to reporters, the committee chairman, Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, said he would rather focus on the rebuilding effort and was reluctant to mount an investigation of the failures of the initial response.

“We don’t want to play`gotcha’ anymore,”

Fuck this clown. I’m still holding out hope that Rahm Emanuel is working behind the scenes on this. Or was this just a figment of someone’s imagination back in June?

[D]uring a Senate vote Wednesday, Obama dragged Lieberman by the hand to a far corner of the Senate chamber and engaged in what appeared to reporters in the gallery as an intense, three-minute conversation.

While it was unclear what the two were discussing, the body language suggested that Obama was trying to convince Lieberman of something and his stance appeared slightly intimidating.

Using forceful, but not angry, hand gestures, Obama literally backed up Lieberman against the wall, leaned in very close at times, and appeared to be trying to dominate the conversation, as the two talked over each other in a few instances.

I keep reading that elections have consequences. They must mean “unless you’re a senator”. I half think these guys close ranks on Lieberman so as not to embolden the dirty fucking internet hippies who are calling for his head. Because then they’ll be next…

Whither Joe Lieberman

Lest we be accused of bias toward Republican hypocrisy (which, it must be said, is the most delicious and filling hypocrisy), here’s Glenn noting that once the general election is over, Democrats need to get their house in order…  I look forward to whipping on their punks with equal relish… [Update: I cropped the citation down.  First is the anonymous Democratic consultant, then Glenn’s response:]

And while punishing Lieberman would please the party’s base, if the leadership needs his vote, that could be counterproductive. “The need to satisfy Daily Kos is not as important as making sure you have the votes you need,” said a consultant close to some Senate Democratic leaders.

Voters might not be that impressed by punishing Lieberman, either. “At the end of the day, who gives a shit if Joe Lieberman is allowed to be chairman or do X, Y and Z for the Democrats? People care about if there’s going to be an effort to get them healthcare, and do something about energy and all that . . . . It might be gratifying in the short term to get him, but in the long run what does it really get you?”

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