Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-I Control You) is currently off the reservation on the Obamacare front.
Headline from Tuesday New York Times piece: “Lieberman Rules Out Voting for Health Bill.”
In a surprise setback for Democratic leaders, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, independent of Connecticut, said on Sunday that he would vote against the health care legislation in its current form.
A surprise, because Jiltin’ Joe junked his previous support for expanding Medicare coverage to “let uninsured people 55 to 64 years old purchase coverage under Medicare.”
From MSNBC’s First Read:
*** Principle or Politics? There’s now growing evidence that Lieberman’s objection to the Medicare “buy-in” compromise isn’t necessarily based on principle. Yesterday, a video from this past September made the rounds that showed Lieberman clearly stating he supports expanding Medicare to those in their 50s. In addition, while Lieberman has been a hawk on national security issues, he’s been a consistent liberal on economic ones. According to National Journal’s vote ratings for 2008, he was MORE LIBERAL than 68% of the Senate on economic issues, putting him squarely in the Democratic mainstream. (By comparison, he was more liberal than just 38% of the chamber on foreign affairs, placing him to the right of the Dem caucus.) In 2007, he was more liberal than 72% of the Senate on the economy, and his ratings for 2005 and 2006 were similar. Bottom line: It appears Lieberman is acting a bit out of character on this issue, given his history of being a rank-and-file Democrat (leaning liberal/progressive) on domestic issues. This is why the charge of playing politics with the left is looking so believable to some.
Somebody, please, give Joe Lieberman a dope slap.