If anyone was shocked that Sen. Joe Lieberman (R-CT) expressed his intent to vote against any type of public option in pending health reform legislation yesterday, then you simply haven’t been paying attention to his recent track record. Time and again, Lieberman has screwed his former Democratic colleagues despite them allowing him to keep his committee leadership after openly backing John McCain in 2008 – which is fine; Lieberman can support whomever he wants in an election year.
Yet I can’t imagine that Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and other Senate Dems (e.g. those not named Nelson, Bayh, Landrieu, Lincoln, etc.) being caught off guard by Lieberman’s position. Were I Reid, I would never have assumed that Lieberman was going to back health reform at all.
Nevertheless, as a small cadre of senators have announced their intent to vote against reform, opening the door to a GOP filibuster on the measure, I heartily agree with those who suggest the following: let them do it.
Despite steady public support for both health reform and a type of public option (e.g. opt-out), if the Republicans want to show that embarrassing Obama is more important to them than their constituents then by all means, they should do so.
Filibuster away, dickheads!
Then watch what happens when you have to explain why protecting the fiscal bottom line for US insurance companies was more crucial to you than improving the general welfare of those Americans you allegedly serve.