Okay, we get it. Lieberman is pissed at liberals and progressives because they had the temerity to be angry with him for supporting an unlawful, unnecessary, and unwinnable war. He wants to stick it to us. And the only way he can do it is to screw us on HCR.
It makes him feel good.
It will also result in the unnecessary deaths of thousands of people.
But it makes him feel good.
TPM has a piece up arguing that the White House and Congressional Dems don’t want Little Joey to stomp his feet and take his ball home because they need him on bills coming out regarding climate change, security and marriage equity:
Sen. Joe Lieberman might be persona-non-grata in the health care negotiations, but he’s juggling several large initiatives the Obama administration wants to see move forward.
As Democrats grow increasingly infuriated with Lieberman (I-CT) as he throws a wrench into the health care bill, the White House and Senate leadership can’t afford to kick sand in his face.
An exchange in the comments section of this story is interesting:
December 15, 2009 12:09 PM in reply to Steve LaBonne
The fact remains that Joe Lieberman is one of the most reliable liberal voters in the Senate and even more so this past year than throughout his previous senatorial career. There are better metrics of voting records than blog commenter tantrums.
December 15, 2009 12:28 PM in reply to AdAbsurdum
Joe’s a heartless asshole who chooses to look away from the giant pile of 44,000 dead bodies that directly result from his and the other bought-and-paid-for corporate whores’ decisions.
Joe thinks Joe is a deeply moral man. He is not. He purposely turns a blind eye to great suffering which he alone could stop. In a just Universe, Joe would spend eternity repeatedly dying to untreated stomach cancer. He deserves his own “medicine”.
There has to be a time in this country where we call our monsters what they are, monsters. Joe is monster #1. And if you think allowing 44,000 more fellow citizens to die next year is acceptable, you’re an immoral monster too.
There are different figures for how many die each deacde, year, month, day, or hour because of our so called health care system. But the premise holds: little Joey has decided that thousands of people will die because he’s in a snit and is using these people as proxies in his quest to stick it to liberals and progressives.
But he’s a Serious Person. And moral. An ethical paragon.
Sometimes I wish I believed in hell.