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Rana

*shakes head*

King Rat

I can't believe it. I mean, I can believe that he got through, but on a vote of 42-13?

What makes me most ill is that this came after he campaigned, not just for John McCain, but for Susan Collins and Norm Coleman. A better question for the Senators around him might have been which of the people who voted for him today he plans to campaign against in 2010.

Michael Bartley

Senate Democrats leave me checking myself for signs of stroke. You know, speak a simple sentence, raise your hands above your head, smile. Well, I can only grimace, I can raise my hand but it looks more like a shaking fist, and all my sentences are simple but end up sounding like dialogue from Deadwood. Rat bastards.

zozie

Indeed. It's all kind of Garden of Olives. Except people are forgetting what happened after Jesus embraced Judas....

The Heretik

Good one.

actor212

If Lieberman had been a Republican, they would have kicked him out.

And shot his dog.

LetJoeStay

To say I am happy right now would be a great understatement. Sens. Reid, Dodd and others ignored the few, but loud, angry voices calling for retribution against Senator Lieberman and instead decided no to punish Joe for endorsing and supporting his friend, John McCain. We, the netroots community in support of Joe, congratulate him on his recent victory. Way to go, Joe!

http://letjoestay.blogspot.com/

That Fuzzy Bastard

Y'all are wildly wrong on Lieberman. Yes, he's an incredibly obnoxious prick. And yes, the GOP would've kicked him out. But that's a symptom of the GOP's addiction to image over success---going with what y'all want would've made a Jim Jeffords (remember that?) of him.

The fact is: Obama has decided that his first 2 years are going to be focused on domestic policy---specifically the environment, energy policy, and health care. On all of those, Lieberman is a dependable Democratic vote. What's more, his presence means a good shot at peeling away McCain, Chafee, and a few others, thus getting to a filibuster-proof number.

He's going to be voted out in 2 years anyway. So this is a very smart way to get some decent use out of him while we can.

Waxman beating Dingell, now that's important. But no one seems to pay attention to that, mostly because both of them stay away from TV camera.

Lance

Fuzzy,

You're definitely right that the Waxman over Dingell story is the more important one. But that's the House, and the House just doesn't have the glam of the Senate.

The difference between Jeffords' defection and a possible Lieberman one is that Jeffords gave the Democrats the majority at the time and Lieberman would have given the Republicans...nothing. Which is why I think it might have been worth calling his bluff.

I hope you're right, though, that keeping Lieberman around will help. He's going to be there for four more years, though, not too. Sadly, Chafee's been out of there for two years now. But I hope Reid got Lieberman to promise he'll work on Susan Collins when the Dems need votes, since he campaigned for her! And maybe Arlen Specter can be made to remember the young Congressman he once was who voted to impeach Richard Nixon and the Senator who voted against impeaching Bill Clinton. We'll see. What I'm really hoping is that the first phone call Lieberman took after the vote the other day was from Rahm Emanuel calling to tell him, "We own your ass now!"

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