Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said Tuesday that he’d back a GOP filibuster of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s health care reform bill.
Lieberman, who caucuses with Democrats and is positioning himself as a fiscal hawk on the issue, said he opposes any health care bill that includes a government-run insurance program — even if it includes a provision allowing states to opt out of the program, as Reid’s has said the Senate bill will.
"We're trying to do too much at once," Lieberman said. “To put this government-created insurance company on top of everything else is just asking for trouble for the taxpayers, for the premium payers and for the national debt. I don’t think we need it now."
Lieberman added that he’d vote against a public option plan “even with an opt-out because it still creates a whole new government entitlement program for which taxpayers will be on the line."
What a worthless, worthless tool Joe Lieberman is. And what a stupid move. There's now no reason at all not to strip him of his committees and toss him out of the party. The only reason to hold onto Lieberman was for that theoretically "filibuster-proof" majority. If they can't even get that out of him, I can't think of one damned reason not to fire his sorry ass out of the caucus.
Thanks Connecticut. Great fucking job.
UPDATE: Friend of the blog Chandler McGrew shared a post at My Left Nutmeg that shows there is no congressional district in Connecticut that doesn't have majority support for a public option.
So who's Joementum representing here? Certainly not the people who elected him.