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Lieberman Must Go, Here's Why

Joe Lieberman should be stripped of his Democratic Party committee chairmanship. Here's why.

At 2:53

And that brings me directly to why I'm here tonight. What, after all, is a Democrat like me doing at a Republican convention like this?

Well, I'll tell you what. I'm here because country matters more than party.

I am here tonight for a simple reason. John McCain is the best choice to bring our country together and lead America forward.

Joe's own party loyalty seems to have been tossed out of the window completely in this speech. Fine, that's Joe's choice, but let's listen further...

At 4:10

And dear friends, I am here tonight because John McCain's whole life testifies to a great truth. Being a Democrat or a Republican is important, but it is nowhere near as important as being an American.

Excuse me, Joe - but are you suggesting that John McCain is an American and Barack Obama isn't?

But where Joe Lieberman clearly and intentionally crossed the party line and in my view deserves to be stripped of his committee chairmanship is with this passage at 4:45

I think you know that both presidential candidates this year have talked about changing the culture of Washington, about breaking through the partisan gridlock and special interests that are poisoning our politics.

But, my friends, only one of them has actually done it.

Only one of them has shown the courage and the capability to rise above the smallness of our politics to get big things done for our country and our people. And that one is John S. McCain

Lieberman minimizing Obama's accomplishments at reaching across the aisle is not surprising. That was a major McCain campaign talking point, and hitting those talking points in convention speeches is mandatory.

But Lieberman suggesting that Obama doesn't have "the courage and capability to rise above the smallness of our politics to get big things done for our country and our people" was over the line. Supporting his choice in McCain is one thing, but Democrat Joe is no longer a Democrat when he makes statements like that.

According to ABC News, Joe Lieberman met with Senate Majorty Leader Harry Reid and "made a hard push to remain chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, suggesting he may leave the Democratic caucus if he is demoted."

It's naive to expect partisanship in Washington to come to a screeching halt now that American voters have clearly mandated a "reach across the aisle" approach in Washington. While I expect Obama will far exceed McCain's prior accomplishments in reaching across the aisle, the aisle will still exist, and there will be issues that continue to be divided by party-line politics.

Lieberman crossed the line, and so where the line is still drawn Joe Lieberman no longer stands on the Democratic Party's side.

He made that choice, and voiced his choice clearly on live, national television during the Republican convention. Let him now sit with his Republican friends and enjoy the fruits of the Republican Party's failures in the 2008 election.

The voters have spoken and the majority didn't side with Joe -- and therefore Joe should no longer side with the majority party in Congress. Joe chose, the voters chose, and everyone must now live with those choices and make the best of it.

That includes you, me -- and Joe Lieberman.

Update: Reports are surfacing Friday afternoon that Lieberman has entered talks with the Republicans about caucusing with them. Perhaps they'll offer Lieberman a plum committee assignment to pull him over to their side.

I hope so... If Lieberman wants to whore around for political gain, let him. He won't be up for re-election until 2012, but once he switches parties a recall campaign becomes much more likely.


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Comments (12)

Kev:

And the Democrats are going to unite the country, yet you're advocating the expulsion of someone who DARED to speak his mind and side with someone other than Obama?? Those who don't brainlessly follow Obama must be dealt with accordingly, huh? And explain to me why you think Obama will unite us, and reach across the aisle, when he NEVER has before? And why the one person who dared to do so in the Democratic Party must be expelled? Dividing, not uniting. Opening newer, bigger wounds, not healing. It's a bunch of crap, Lee. Just like how NOW I'm seeing the call to "work hard" and "serve"... why were people on the left incapable of that these last 8 years?

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Nobody is doing this to Joe. Joe did it to himself. He made his choice, and he should now be forced to live with the choice he made.

Allen:

Kev, the Demo's are doing just what the GOP is doing, except you fail to read or see that. Of course Joe is a Senator and he gets the headlines, where the others aren't and don't.

It's also called house cleaning, and it isn't about what he did to Obama, it's what he did to his own caucus (meaning the Demo party). I wouldn't expect you to understand that each party has rules they play by, and when you cross a certain line, you're TOAST. No matter which party. Good example is Ted Stevens from AK. The GOP leaders in the Senate have publicly stated he should resign because he was CONVICTED of 7 felonies.

Cold cash Jefferson hasn't been convicted yet, but the same will happen to him if he is. Get a clue, get over your ODS and read some history books.

Lee Ward:

John speaks the truth. Lieberman no longer serves any useful purpose to the democratic party, and given his speech at the convention he should be frog marched across the aisle.

Any Republican who suggests that things would be different if the parties were reversed is being hypocritical.

As for Obama - and the effort by some folks to smear him with the fact that partisans such as myself are going to stay hard left and not compromise an inch on some issues -- Obama may govern from the middle but by definition there is still a left and a right -- or there wouldn't be "a middle."

The fact that I may stand on the left on some issues is not a failure of Obama's or in any way a reflection on his desire to bridge the gap.

I'll pull him towards the left, others will pull him towards the right - and he'll try to pull both sides towards the middle.... but there is still a left and a right.

Obama has a a "middle-mandate" and I think he'll try to pull the parties together. The proof remains to be seen - but the argument over who's better suited for the job is over.

Allen:

John, it is irrelevant that Joe has a different opinion on things, it's how you present your differences. As I said, Joe crossed the line, and that's a no no in party politics.

A lot of us have a different opinion than what Obama has, same as McCain. But someone like Joe who is an elected Senator, always a Demo until he lost, then went independent, still caucus with them, plain crossed the party line.

Quit trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill. And you are also correct they don't need him anymore. It's called politics. He brought it upon himself, nobody forced him to speak at the GOP convention.

Mike:

I think the point about Lieberman is that we supposedly made the magical transition to "post-partisanship" on Nov. 5. Politics isn't supposed to be about party loyalty any more.

Joe Lieberman's only crime was not taking the little blue amnesia pill when Tom Daschle told him to. He dared to remember, and even defend, the Democrats' 10 year (1993 - 2002) crusade against a dangerous and WMD-equipped Iraq. His party has treated him like dirt for the past 6 years. What a shame, since he was such a party loyalist that he was nominated for Vice President.

I wonder if he would have been a better VP than Dick Cheney?

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

The "magical transition to non-partisanland" is a strawman invented by Republicans. Obama isn't even in office yet. Only those bitter Republicans and clinging to that one...

CNN is reporting that Lieberman is not being kicked out of the Democratic Party, but Reid wants to strip his chairmanship and send him off to some lesser committee assignment.

Lieberman has the option of moving over to the Republican caucus -- I hope he does so Lamont and Associates (Kos, etc) can get his tukus recalled.

Allen:

Mike, where was the partisanland from 2000 to 2006 when the GOP was in control? Remember good old Delay? Or old fat Hassart? Where was the partisan ship then?

Now that the GOP is the minority, they want what they didn't give the Demo's back then. SUCKERS, you reap what you sow. Best thing the GOP can do now is to shut up and take their lumps, just like the Demo's did from 00 to 06.

Two rights will never make a wrong, guys. First of all, Lieberman didn't say McCain was an American and Obama wasn't. He said being American was more important than party designation. Seoondly, he did not say Obama had no courage; he said McCain had shown courage over the nearly 30 years he had been inn Congress. I'm sure if Obama had been there that long, the same could have been said for him. It's hard to build a record of courage and commitment when you've only held the job for a few years. Let's please don't start the partisan crap that you have hated the Republicans for in the past. Lead the way in elevating our dialogue above attacking each other.

Synova:

Nice to know... hope and change and bringing us together and how we're all supposed to get along and you fellows, now you've won - you still have to keep the hate going.

Yes... kick Lieberman out.

It doesn't matter what the Republicans would or wouldn't do... you can't keep blaming your actions on Republicans. Take responsibility for yourselves.

So... kick Lieberman out.

Allen:

Synova, You stated, "Take responsibility for yourselves." I agree, and Joe the Senator should do just that. What hate, I don't think I mentioned I hated Joe. I, just following Bush's example, said if you aren't with us, then you're against us. That's fair, isn't it? Or was Bush wrong?

David:

i dont think leiberman will be stripped. it doesnt stop me from wishing plague pestilence, and disease on joe. if there is a god.


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