Fury Towards Lieberman Boils Over: ‘He is Playing us for Chumps’

December 16, 2009

(ChattahBox)—-The liberal anger towards Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) is starting to boil over into blind rage. And it’s no wonder, after the odious lawmaker betrayed his Democratic caucus members and then rubbed their noses in it, while smiling like a Cheshire Cat, as he received the media attention he so covets. Today, a Senate Democratic Chief of Staff told Talking Points Memo that Lieberman “is playing us for chumps.” And the fallout is making its way to the other side of Congress as well, as the House is furious at the Senate’s botching of health care reform, according to a Politico piece today.

Yesterday a frustrated Congresswoman, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), from Lieberman’s own state even publicly said that Lieberman should “be recalled.” Of course, a recall doesn’t exist, but DeLauro would be the first person in line to sign the petition if it did.

“No individual should hold health care hostage, including Joe Lieberman, and I’ll say it flat out, I think he ought to be recalled,” said DeLauro. Kaelan Richards, DeLauro’s spokesperson fleshed out the Congresswoman’s earlier statement:

“No one should hold health care hostage, including Joe Lieberman, and I’ll say it flat out, I think he ought to be recalled– I know that may not even be an option in Connecticut, but 45,000 people die every year because they don’t have health care. We don’t have the luxury to hold up a bill that could make a difference in people’s lives. This is what we were sent here to do.”

And the Senate Democratic aide told Talking Points Memo today, that he has never seen such a divide in the Democratic Party, and maybe that was Lieberman’s intention all along:

“I don’t pretend to know Joe Lieberman’s motivation, but it’s working to perfection if his goal is to divide Party leaders (Obama, Reid, etc.) from the Democratic progressive base. I don’t remember seeing this level of outrage from movement progressives before, and I wonder if the only possible way to quell it is to secure Snowe’s vote for reform and then remove Lieberman from his chairmanship. I’m not necessarily advocating that, but many people (including many on the Hill) believe that he is playing us for chumps (not waiting for the CBO score of the Medicare buy-in, opposing something he advocated a couple of months ago), and there need to be consequences. It’s not an easy decision, though, and I don’t envy Reid.”

Besides Rep. DeLauro, other lawmakers weighed in as well, with Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA), who is challenging Sen. Arlen Specter, taking direct aim at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). “I understand it’s politically challenging, but we have the votes — and we should be doing much better than we are. I think this place needs a change, quite frankly,” Sestak told Politico.

And House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) criticized the discipline and party loyalty of the Senate: “I talk a lot about the psychology of consensus. Too often, it appears, that the psychology in the Senate is the psychology of one.”

It will take a long time to heal the divisions in the Democratic party. But whatever happens, liberals view Lieberman as a dead man walking and intend to finish him off for good in 2012.

Lieberman may try for survival by running as a Republican. Yesterday when asked if he would run as a Republican, he wouldn’t rule it out.


One Response to “Fury Towards Lieberman Boils Over: ‘He is Playing us for Chumps’”

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