Voting Against Lieberman Is Voting for Bipartisan Comity

by: David Sirota

Mon Nov 17, 2008 at 20:14

I just want to reiterate a very, very simple that I've made over and over again. It's a point that is really important to make before the vote on whether Joe Lieberman remains chairman of the committee whose main mission is to investigate the executive branch.

Joe Lieberman has made clear he thinks Barack Obama is a socialist who is a danger to the United States as president. Therefore, putting any personal animosity against Joe Lieberman aside, it's clear that giving Joe Lieberman subpoena power on a committee whose mission is investigating the executive branch of the supposed socialist who supposedly is a danger to the United States doesn't seem like a very good idea.

In fact, if anyone remembers the interchanges between Dan Burton and the Clinton administration, it seems like denying Lieberman that subpoena power is quite literally the only way to guarantee the "bipartisanship," "comity," "reconciliation" and whatever other synonyms the David Broders and Unity '08-ers and self-ordained "centrists" in Washington, D.C. purport to love.

Therefore, the question about whether a senator supports or opposes giving Lieberman four-year subpoena power to tear down the Obama administration doesn't pit supposed "centrist conciliators" who support Lieberman against "rabid partisans" who oppose him. Though the media insists that Lieberman will always be the honorable independent "centrist" because almost a decade ago he gave a single speech attacking Bill Clinton for getting a blow job, Lieberman has since proven himself to be one of the most partisan attack dogs in the entire Congress.

Therefore, the vote over Lieberman's charmanship pits two different groups against each other: People who put Senate clubbiness and friendliness with the individual Joe Lieberman over the true "country first" goal of having a Democratic Senate that works in tandem and conciliation - not in subpoena-empowered witch-hunting opposition to - the new Obama administration.

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The Senate needs to show some spine (4.00 / 1)
How many times do they have to see Lieberman stab them in the back before they learn their lesson? It's ridiculous. First they said they didn't want to do anything before the election to cause a distraction, now they are willing to cave almost immediately? The so-called loony left liberal bloggers who want Joe's head aren't doing this for ourselves, but to protect the Democratic party!

Lieberman isn't going to be investigating me or hurting me with his gavel. It's the Democratic party and the Obama administration that has something to fear from this backstabbing a--hole. If they don't want to look out for their own best interests, then don't expect us to cry when it comes back to bite them.

BTW - I can't stand these people who say that Obama's conciliatory gestures are the reason they are supporting Holy Joe. Obama is going to be the president, he needs every vote he can get, it's his job to act nice to everybody. He doesn't want to make enemies right now. It's the job of Harry Reid and the other Democrats to say "sorry Barack, this is our business, and Joe is finished".

They need to look out for their party and their president. It's a secret ballot, hopefully they'll do the right thing for once. Not holding my breath.

McCAIN & OBAMA: BFF!! (0.00 / 0)

The election is over. Let the post election parodies begin!! See "Why Can't We (at least pretend to) Be Friends?"


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Bipartisanship (4.00 / 1)
Whether you think bipartisanship is akin to godliness or the moral equivalent of date rape, why must the goddamned Democratic party think it has to be internally bipartisan as well?  

Why do we never hear calls for the Republicans to be bipartisan?  Do we have a single indication yet that that Republicans will be anything other than an opposition party?  Once again, it's unilateral disarmament time?  

Come on Democratic Senators, show some spine.  Or never trouble me for a campaign contribution again.

sTiVo's rule: Just because YOU "wouldn't put it past 'em" doesn't prove that THEY did it.


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