Sunday, November 16, 2008

What To Do About Lieberman?

My advice?--In brief, kick his ass out of the caucus. He's earned it.

The long answer: Joe Lieberman, for his support of John McCain, his false and defaming accusations against President-Elect Obama, his support of and campaigning for downticket Republicans like Norm Coleman, and his lack of effort as chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has earned nothing less than being stripped of his chairmanship. He has yet to apologize for his traitorous actions, as Evan Bayh suggested, and he has shown no interest in being contrite or even reasonable. Indeed, he's acted as if he is the one holding the upper hand here, threatening to leave the Democratic caucus in the Senate if he's stripped of his chairmanship. Should the Senate Democrats acquiese to his demands, in hopes of securing the 60-vote supermajority? Shouldn't we forgive and forget, rather than lose the chance of reaching that fabled goal?

To that I say: Joe, don't let the doorknob hit your ass on the way out the door.

Lieberman has been a thorn in our side for a long time now. I'm sure that the Democratic voters of Connecticut feel the same way now, too. (Lemont 2012!) After the way Joementum has acted, why should he be rewarded for his backstabbing? That's crazytalk! Homeland Security is a premier committee, and its chairmanship should be given to a proven activist Democrat, someone in line with the President-Elect's views and agenda. What has Lieberman done to deserve this assignment? Has he been an aggressive chairman, scouring out corruption and defending the American people, the way his House counterpart, Rep. Henry Waxman, has on his House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform? No! Joe has sat on his hands and done nothing throughout the reign of one of the most wasteful, dishonest, and corrupt administrations in American history. Worse, he crossed the line and campaigned for his friend John McCain, the Republican candidate for the Presidency. And worst of all, he even campaigned for Republican Senate and House candidates!

Joe's even said on CNN that he would vote with the Republicans on any filibusters, so what good is he to us? None! I believe in mercy, but I also believe in justice. Joe Lieberman deserves for his actions to be stripped of his chairmanship. Should he then chose to leave the Democratic caucus, it will be his choice, and it won't hurt us in the Senate. But he's got to give up the chair.

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