Friday, October 30, 2009


brian beutler at TPM says that senator tom harkin is hinting at consequences for lieberman if he supports a filibuster of the health care bill. but when i read harkin's statement (as quote by beutler), i don't see it that way at all. here's what harkin said:
[Lieberman] still wants to be a part of the Democratic Party although he is a registered independent[.] He wants to caucus with us and, of course, he enjoys his chairmanship of the [Homeland Security] committee because of the indulgence of the Democratic Caucus. So, I'm sure all of those things will cross his mind before the final vote.
all i see is harkin saying something along the lines of: i really hope lieberman remembers how nice we've been to him before he screws us on the health care vote. if the democrats are going to threaten lieberman with consequences maybe they should actually threaten lieberman with consequences, not just hint at it. the most effective threats are done in private, not before news cameras. so maybe the dems have already had a serious talk with lieberman in private. then again, it doesn't seem like the senate leadership has it in them.

meanwhile, joe seems determined to see how far he can go while still enjoying the perks of the democratic caucus. he told ABC that he plans to campaign for republicans during the 2010 midterm election.