Senatorial Stockholm Syndrome
Oftentimes, in order to survive, victims identify and form bonds with individuals or groups who have the power to hold captive futures or well-being. The physiological definition for the phenomenon is called, Stockholm syndrome. Stockholm syndrome develops when a victim endeavors to stay alive by “obsessively identifying” with a captor, resulting in a “warped personal psyche” as evidenced through the injured parties “sympathy for the tormenter.” | Read More »
Silly Brian Beutler, It’s God, Not Mother Nature
Over at Talking Points Memo, Brian Beutler chronicles the follies of the Democrats and health care.Joe Lieberman has gone back to Connecticut in advance of the blizzard. This leaves the Democrats needing Republican votes to get back to health care.At the end of the article, Brian writes, “[D]on’t be surprised to hear a new Republican talking point: Even Mother Nature hates health care reform.”I hate | Read More »
Senator Al Franken today caused a stir among his colleagues, breaking from the Senate’s long-held standards of collegiality when the gavel-wielding Minnesota Democrat denied Senator Joe Lieberman an additional minute to finish his remarks. Lieberman–who has been vilified by progressives for rejecting the controversial public option, most recently by MoveOn today–was interrupted by Franken when his remarks exceeded the allotted ten minutes. “I’m sorry. The | Read More »
Kudos to Senators Lieberman and Nelson
I telephoned Senator Lieberman’s office today, and urged him to hang tough on health care, and to also support Senator Ben Nelson’s protest against taxpayer subsidies for abortion. As a Connecticut resident, I urge my neighbors in this state to do likewise, and the same goes for anyone else who can afford the phone call. Doubtless there are many things that can be done to improve health care | Read More »
Senate Democrats on Verge of Deal
Don’t believe everything you hear. The Senate Democrats are not on the verge of a collapse. They are on the verge of compromising every single thing they want just so they can get a “health care reform” bill passed.Here’s what I’m being told:The Democrats have given Joe Lieberman everything he wanted. Joe will now vote for the bill.Ben Nelson (D-NE) is being threatened with having | Read More »
Lieberman Haters Need a Little Self-Awareness
It’s amusing to watch the swarm of enraged Democrats promising revenge against Joe Lieberman for his daring to oppose the Medicare buy-in. Isn’t this the party that has spent the last year constantly ridiculing Republicans for supposedly demanding ideological purity in their ranks? What’s particularly amusing is that the Democrats screaming bloody murder don’t seem to have the slightest self-awareness of the contradiction in their | Read More »
Yes. That Lamont primary challenge worked out *so* well.
Erick covered this already: Lieberman Digs In on Public Option Sen. Joseph Lieberman, speaking in that trademark sonorous baritone, utters a simple statement that translates into real trouble for Democratic leaders: “I’m going to be stubborn on this.” Stubborn, he means, in opposing any health-care overhaul that includes a “public option,” or government-run health-insurance plan, as the current bill does. His opposition is strong enough | Read More »
Let the Attacks on Joe Lieberman Commence
Bloomberg ran a pretty good peice on Joe Lieberman’s opposition to Obamacare. It also outlines the attacks that are soon to come his way from Obamacare supporters. “Senator Lieberman’s actions represent the fact that he’s acting more like the senator from Aetna than the senator from Connecticut,” said Lacy MacAuley, a spokeswoman for Mobilization for Health Care for All, a group that supports extending government | Read More »
Latest Connecticut Poll: Good News For Simmons, Bad News For Dodd, Obamacare
The latest Quinnipiac poll of Connecticut voters is out, and while it is (standard disclaimer) only one poll, it shows bad news for Chris Dodd, good news for his strongest challenger, Rob Simmons, and bad news for President Obama’s health care plan. Here’s the topline result on Simmons vs Dodd: Former Connecticut Congressman Rob Simmons has an early lead in the Republican primary race for | Read More »
Joe Lieberman assuming the Zell Miller mantle
Harry Reid must be as slimy as Tom Daschel was in the Democratic Party Cloakroom The conversion of former Georgia Lieutenant Governor and U.S. Senator Zell Miller from Yellow Dawg Democrat to the DINO (Democrat in name only) that endorsed President George W, Bush for re-election at the 2004 GOP convention began with his first encounter of the glazed-over, in denial lying eyes of “Bush-lied” | Read More »
Senate Majority Leader Reid’s successful public option rollout.
No, seriously: successful. You see, by Mary Katharine Ham’s count Reid only explicitly lost Senators Lieberman and Lincoln from his own caucus, and Senators Collins & Snowe from ours for his clumsy and ill-planned advocacy of a government ‘public’ option in the Senate health care rationing bill. It was not unreasonable to expect that Reid would not only alienate those four, but Senators Ben Nelson | Read More »
Dear Left Wing Bloggers: Thank you for challenging Joe Lieberman!
Joe Lieberman just announced he will filibuster any health care legislation that has the public option in it.This pretty much guarantees the death of the public option in public form. The Democrats will now have to surreptitiously implement it through some sort of “let the states opt-out” or trigger option nonsense that will still amount to the public option.But at least they have to work | Read More »
Lieberman looking for baby steps on health care.
There’s not much that I can add to this… Lieberman says many health care changes can wait WASHINGTON – An independent senator counted on by Democrats in the health care debate showed signs of wavering Sunday when he urged President Barack Obama to postpone many of his initiatives because of the economic downturn. “I’m afraid we’ve got to think about putting a lot of that | Read More »
Lieberman doesn’t know where Pelosi’s getting this ‘misled’ thing from…
…he’s been getting briefings from them for decades, with no complaints: See also here, here, & here. Ed Morrissey heard laughter in the above: I’m not as sure, but if it is there it’s both understandable and justified. Joe Lieberman’s taken a lot of garbage from Pelosi’s ideological cohorts over the years, and even though he’s easily given better than he’s gotten the thought of | Read More »
HuffPo Wants to Give Specter the Lieberman Treatment
A writer at Huffington Post makes precisely the points I expected they would: In this past election, we won the fight for a Democratic majority. We now need to win the fight for a progressive majority who will stand up for the interests of the American people over the corporate lobbyists and their millions in campaign contributions…