“Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) easily won a vote to remain chairman of a key committee today and will stay in the Democratic caucus despite his high-profile criticism of President-elect Barack Obama and his support of Sen. John McCain during the presidential campaign.”
Lieberman can eat a dick.
“Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said that “Joe Lieberman is a Democrat. He’s part of this caucus.”
Harry Reid can eat a dick.
“The deal was negotiated by Sens. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) and Ken Salazar (D-Colo.), as well as Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). The Democratic caucus voted 42-13 to accept it.”
Christopher Dodd (D-Eat a dick), Ken Salazar (D-Eat a dick), Tom Carper (D-Eat a dick), and Bill Nelson (D-Eat a dick). And the caucus can eat 42 dicks.
Normally we try to keep this blog PG-13, or at least a genteel R. So to all of our 11-year old readers who have never heard that expression, my heartfelt apologies. This was a shameful cave-in, a shameless cave-in, a cave-in so shame-filled that both of those seeming antonyms apply. There’s plenty of blame to go around, so let’s start at the top:
Obama deserves a flick on the ear for backing Fredo. Hopey was referring only to Lieberman’s place in the caucus, rather than his status as a committee chair, and mostly stayed out of it. However, his willingness to pass the buck to Reid amounted to an endorsement of the status quo. This solution fits his whole post-partisan, Hope! Change! Ponies! kinda schtick, but it’s weak sauce considering the depth and breadth of Lieberman’s nastiness.
Reid deserves a flick on the motherfuckin’ face for this. On the night Fredo delivered the keynote at the Republican National Convention, the gutless Mormon announced he was “very disappointed.” Sorry Harry, that’s what you say when your toddler eats a crayon. Reid fluffed his own indignation, adding “I defy anyone to be more angry than I was” with Lieberman’s attacks on Obama; he called it “a period of time in Joe Lieberman’s political career I will never understand or approve.” Sorry Harry, that’s what you tell your kids about your six months doing blow as a roadie for Whitesnake. Lieberman’s attacks on Democrats aren’t a bug; they’re a feature. Reid said it was “not a time for retribution.” When is?
But then, the broader problem: the vote wasn’t 28-27. It wasn’t 31-24. It’s not like this was a close call where one person’s leadership and initiative could’ve swung it. Nope, this vote reflects a fundamental truth about political parties in America: They are an incumbancy protection racket.
It’s not incongruous to hold this view and still be a partisan Democrat who gets emotional when we win. The fact is, only one of the two choices we have (chicken or shit?) is the party of Roosevelt, McCarthy (the good one), Wellstone, Feingold, and Leahy among others. At the same time, the main purpose of the Democratic Party does appear to be maintaining the Congressional seats of sitting Members. Witness the party’s refusal to get behind Ned Lamont, the actual, nominated Democrat in Lieberman’s most recent race. (Reid himself reportedly asked Lamont to back off.)
People on both the left and the right have problems with a system that produces a remarkably Soviet 95% retention rate in the House, and only slightly lower numbers in the Senate. This isn’t simply a matter of funding, franking privilages, or structural problems. Everyone spits this “Joe Lieberman / is / my friend” crap as though that has anything to do with the price of dope in Dhaka. We elect you cats to draft policy, not host slumber parties. Congress remains at its core a lifetime membership country club, expulsion based primarily on being caught with with a live boy or a dead girl. The entire caucus faced a choice between propping up one of their long-time drinking buddies or acting with the voice of the people who elected them; and they told their constituents to go eat a dick.
Let me add: This isn’t a purge. Lieberman could stay in the caucus. The issue was having him chairing a really freakin important committee. Other Democrats have conservative voting records, but they don’t make their careers trashing their party. Dear uncle Harry told Democrats that Lieberman is with us on “virtually everything except the war,” but this is beside the point. Mary Landrieu and Mark Pryor don’t vote the way Dick Durbin and I would, but they don’t headline the Republican convention. So without further ado, a desperately incomplete list of reactionary tripe from Senator Lieberman:
-Calls it a “good question” when a Fox News “analyst” asks if Obama is a Marxist.
-Supports Catholic hospitals denying contraceptives to rape victims on grounds that “it shouldn’t take more than a short ride to get to another hospital.”
This is the guy who’s “with us on everything except the war,” Harry Reid’s “friend” who just had a temporary blackout period of conservative vitriol, a man who apparantly deserves nothing more than losing a subcommittee position on polar bears. For the millionth time, the Goldfinger quote:
“Once is happenstance; twice is coincidence; three times is enemy action.”
And so I ask our readers: What in the name of Christ on a cracker is a firing offense in this town?