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Just when you thought he had blended into the background, Holy Joe starts to screw up the works again…

It looks like Obama’s big nemesis to supporting the nuclear reduction resolution with the Russians is not going to be the Republicans… it will be Joe Lieberman.

A quote:

Anytime we are working on something with our old Cold War enemy, Russia, cooperatively, it’s a good sign. Anything we can do to reduce the number of nuclear warheads in the world is a positive development. But in my opinion as we reduce the number of nuclear warheads… we have to make darn sure that are nuclear warheads are capable and modern and a lot of them are decades old. So I feel very strongly that I am going to be real hesitant to vote for this treaty unless we have a commitment from the Administration that they are prepared to modernize our nuclear stockpile.

If you caught the end of that you will see that Joe is aiming us at developing more, newer nuclear weapons… a self-defeating solution to reducing weapons. Perhaps we can revive the Cold War, too.

Here’s a cute animation from Blue Gal: Lieberman Bumps Into Bunning…

So who will be the biggest dick this week?

I love Blue Gal’s creations!

Poll: Lieberman Hated By Everyone In Connecticut After Health Care Debates

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The new poll of Connecticut by Public Policy Polling (D) finds that independent Sen. Joe Lieberman’s approval rating is absolutely in the dumps after his actions in the health care debate, with him having antagonized every group imaginable by both weakening progressive efforts and then voting for the actual bill.
Lieberman’s overall approval rating is only 25%, with 67% disapproval. Democrats disapprove of him by 14%-81%, Republicans by 39%-48%, and independents by 32%-61%. Only 19% approve of his actions on the health care bill, with Democrats at 8%-80%, Republicans at 26%-55%, and independents at 30%-59%. Among those who support the bill, 84% disapprove of his handling of the issue, and in addition 52% of the people who don’t support the bill also disapprove of Lieberman’s actions.
“Joe Lieberman isn’t popular enough with the Democrats or the Republicans to receive their nomination for the Senate in 2012,” said PPP president Dean Debnam, in the polling memo.
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And the Independents don’t like him, either.

An Evening’s (Sock Puppet) Entertainment:

Traitor Joe as a Sock Puppet? Nahhh… they have too much intelligence to be Lieberman. Don’t they?

Cartoon(s) of the Week – Surprise…It’s Lieberman!

Pat Oliphant, Universal Press Syndicate:

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Jim Morin in the Miami Herald:

So Holy Joe dominated things this week as he worked hard to destroy any value in the Health Care Bill.

Tuesday Morning Health Care Reform Quiz:

Who said this in 2006?:

“I’ve been working on health insurance reform for more than a dozen years” I have offered a comprehensive program. Small business health insurance reform, plus something I call MediKids to cover all the children in America on a sliding fee basis up until the age of 25. MediChoice to allow anybody in our country to buy into a national insurance pool like the health insurance pool that we federal employees and Members of Congress have. Medical malpractice reform.”

Do you know?

Surprise! It was Joe Lieberman, who has just screwed America out of just those reform features by holding up the 60th vote on the reform bill until these things were eliminated.

The word on the street is this is how Holy Joe gets even with Democrats for not supporting his Senatorial candidacy in 2006. Gee… I thought he did that already when he supported John McCain for President in 2008.

This is NOT the news we wanted to hear…

Democrats Strip Medicare Buy-In From Health Bill, Can They Still Achieve The Goals Of The Public Option?

From the Wonk Room at Think Progress:

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Democratic Senators told reporters that the caucus yielded to Sen. Joe Lieberman’s (I-CT) demands and dropped the Medicare buy-in provision from the Senate health care bill, leaving only a network of nonprofits to stand in for the public health insurance option.

“The general consensus was that we shouldn’t make the perfect the enemy of the good and if we’re going to get all the insurance reforms accomplished and a number of other things [and] dropping the Medicare expansion was necessary, well then that’s what should be done and it appeared that would be necessary to get the 60 votes,” Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) told the Hill. “At some point you have to switch from the sentiment, the emotion of the words, to the facts,” said Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV). “And then you’ve got to decide if I didn’t get what I want, in the form that I wanted it, am I willing to cashier 31 million Americans? I want a bill.”

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More of the article HERE.

John Cole at Balloon Juice sums up the Health Care Bill situation pretty well:

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Repeat After Me

They are never going to vote for any health care bill.

They are never going to vote for any health care bill.

They are never going to vote for any health care bill.

They are never going to vote for any health care bill:

Two key senators criticized the most recent healthcare compromise Sunday, saying the policies replacing the public option are still unacceptable.

Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) both said a Medicare “buy-in” option for those aged 55-64 was a deal breaker.

“I’m concerned that it’s the forerunner of single payer, the ultimate single-payer plan, maybe even more directly than the public option,” Nelson said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Lieberman said Democrats should stop looking for a public option “compromise” and simply scrap the idea altogether.

Lieberman and Nelson were two of the ten Senators who crafted the god damned compromise. They are now shitting all over the compromise THEY crafted and saying it is a non-starter.
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There’s more in John’s post, so read it all. And perhaps you’d like to send Harry Reid a note asking him why Holy Joe keeps his Committee Chair.

Specter takes on Lieberman and Collins over Health Care:

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I just watched an interesting public option colloquy of sorts between Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) on the one hand and, Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and a newly in-the-mix Susan Collins (R-ME) on the other. It was the first time I’ve seen a senator call out his colleagues, however politely, on their misrepresentations of the public option.

The trio spoke at an event in support of a cost containment amendment to the health care bill that they hope to introduce shortly. About 15 minutes in, though, Specter, who’s tacked significantly to the left since he switched into the Democratic party, put his colleagues on the spot about their public option opposition.

“I continue to support a robust public option,” Specter said. “There are differences on that, and my two colleagues have expressed their own reservations.”

“This bill may be so good, look so good, to Senator Lieberman that he may be willing to make some accommodations.”

Lieberman and Collins both demurred.

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Thanks to Brian Beutler on Facebook.

Go to the whole article on Talking Points Memo and see what Collins had to say…

Starting the Day with Quotes from Health Care Polar Opposites

… and they are both Independents  who meet in the Democratic Caucus.

“The overwhelming majority of Americans want to be able to choose between a strong public option and a private insurance plan. Without that competition, there is very little in this bill that would keep health insurance premiums from escalating rapidly. This legislation cannot simply be a huge subsidy to private insurance companies that will get millions of new customers and be able to raise their rates as high as they want.”

-Bernie Sanders (I – VT)

“My only resort, and every other senator — and there will be others who feel exactly the way I do about the public option, if the public option is still in there — the only resort we have is to say no at the end to reporting the bill off the floor.”

– Joe Lieberman (I – CT)

So how do we get this aligned (or how do we get the 60th vote from someone other than Lieberman?)

I’m not sure Reid has it covered with Lieberman…

…but here’s part of an article from The Hill where Reid says Holy Joe won’t block final vote on Health Care Bill.

Do you believe it? Naah, me either.

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Reid reassures left Lieberman on board

Sen. Joe Lieberman has reached a private understanding with Majority
Leader Harry Reid that he will not block a final vote on healthcare
reform, according to two sources briefed on the matter.

The unpredictable Democrat-turned-Independent last week publicly stated he would join Republicans in filibustering the Democratic legislation after Reid (D-Nev.) announced he had included a government-run health insurance plan in the bill.

But sources said Reid’s staff is telling liberal interest groups that Lieberman (Conn.) has assured Reid he will vote with Democrats in the necessary procedural vote to end debate, perhaps with intentions to change the bill.

“Lieberman keeps assuring Reid that he’s OK,” said one source. “But he’s one of those characters — you never know with Joe.

When reporters later asked Reid whether he could trust Lieberman in the 111th Congress, Reid said: “The answer is yes, I trust Sen. Joe Lieberman.”
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Of course, I hope I’m wrong.

Quote of the Day

“Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Cigna) announced today he would filibuster the health care bill because it contains a public option compromise.

Why does he want to do this? I don’t know (*cough* — Aetna — *cough* *cough*) exactly. But we do know his stated reasons are lies.”

– Bill Scher in a HuffPo piece.

So Joe is THAT obvious? I guess he is.

What acts like a Republican but Caucuses with the Democrats and is ready to screw the Majority of Americans?

Why, a Lieberman, of course. Now it seems that Harry Reid has not been careful in counting Low Blow Joe in his final 60 votes.

Let’s start with this from HuffPo:

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Sen. Joe Lieberman, the independent Democrat from Connecticut, emerged Tuesday afternoon from a meeting with his caucus as the center of attention — again.

On his way in, he told reporters that if a public health insurance option was in the final health care bill, he would join a GOP filibuster to prevent it from getting an up or down vote. HuffPost asked him if there’d been much reaction from his colleagues in the Democratic caucus.


“Not really,” he said, “because I think my colleagues know for a long time that I’ve been opposed to a government-created, government-run insurance company.”

Lieberman stressed that he was not opposing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) effort to get a bill on to the floor — one that includes a public health insurance option. Rather, said Lieberman, he would oppose a final vote on the bill by supporting a GOP filibuster if the public option remained in the bill.
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Now, not only do 70% of Americans want the Public Option, but the majority of Lieberman’s Connecticut citizens want it. Ned Lamont, who beat Lieberman in the 2006 Democratic primary only to lose to the senator in the general election (after Lieberman defected from the party), accused his one-time opponent of posturing for attention in making his filibuster threat:

“I think he wanted to rush to war now he wants to dither on health care.You don’t have to posture. You just have to sit down and talk to your fellow Democrats and move this thing along.”

You can go HERE to listen to Lieberman say that he’s going to do whatever he thinks is right no matter what the Caucus decides… in other words he’s being supported by the Connecticut insurance companies and he might as well BE a Republican.

This isn’t the first time that Lieberman has screwed his Caucus… HuffPo lists 15 incidents where Joe has doublecrossed his buddies, going back to helping to kill Clinton’s Health Care reform, supporting McCain for President, and waffling on Social Security when McCain wanted to privatize it. Maybe Reid will look at the situation now and take away Lieberman’s Committee chairmanship and hustle Olympia Snowe to change parties.

As it stands, Reid has to be looking at the poll of Nevadans that that favor the Public Option (from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee):

QUESTION: Would you favor or oppose the government offering everyone a government administered health insurance plan — something like the Medicare coverage that people 65 and older get — that would compete with private health insurance plans?
__________________FAVOR_____OPPOSE___NOT SURE
ALL ______________54__________39_________7
MEN ______________50__________44_________6

Lieberman doesn’t support a Public Option in Health Care. Are you surprised?

Say a candidate receives $101,400.00 from Health Insurance companies. Say he receives $196,540.00 from Drug companies. Say a candidate’s wife is on a Drug company payroll and he represents the state that supports Insurance Companies like Aetna, CIGNA, The Hartford, and more.

“If we create a public option,” says Lieberman, “the public is going to end up paying for it.”

Well, yeah… We’re paying the Health Insurance companies and Pharmaceutical companies NOW, aren’t we?

“My fear is…[health care providers] would end up getting levels of reimbursement from the public plan…comparable to what they get today from Medicaid,” says Lieberman, who receives the Federal Government program which comes out of Medicaid… doesn’t it?

“I stand with the small minority of Americans who oppose Public Option,” says Lieberman.

A small minority, Joe. That means that most of us… that means most of YOUR constituents wants it. Perhaps you could decide once and for all that you are not really a Senator, do not really represent anyone but yourself, and are such a small-time crud that your very presence on the Senate floor requires a cleanup.