Let me say something slightly radical: yes, we need health care reform, but do we need it that bad that we’re willing to get down on bended knee to shine Joe Lieberman’s dirty shoes for it? Why can’t Democrats walk away from the deal, make a huge stink about it, kick Joe out of the caucus, wait a few years and vote his ass off the island?
I don’t think the American people will hold it against the Democrats to lose health care because of this royal jackass. Just look at what he’s torpedoing: the public option, the expanded Medicare provision. These are items that most Americans want. Hell, these are items most Connecticut voters want. If I lived in that state I’d be sore ashamed of myself, my state and my senator. I’d be mounting a campaign to recall him if state law allowed for it:
“If you think you are sick of Joe Lieberman now,” Jim Shea, a columnist in The Hartford Courant, wrote Monday, “just wait until you get sick.”
I’m sick and tired of Joe Lieberman holding a gun to the head of my president and the Democratic Party. Call the guy’s bluff. Let him walk or give him a good strong push. If you don’t you know what will happen by caving to him now: he will be emboldened. Now, EVERY Democratic legislative initiative will be held hostage by his machinations.
Sometimes when you have a really spoiled pet you’ve got to lay down the law; otherwise it’s sleeping on the bed with you, jumping on the table to snatch dinner, practically running your life.
Senate Democrats, don’t let that happen.