Posted by: Joe Eds | January 19, 2011

Senator Joe: A mixed bag

I’ve always had mixed feeling on Senator and failed Vice Presidential candidate Joe Lieberman. And it looks like his career as a Senator will come to an end in 2012. I’m sure he’ll state many reasons why today, though, bringing up how badly he was doing in potential match ups won’t be one of them.

Not a great running mate or presidential candidate. He will end his career on a ‘swan song’ as he was instrumental in getting the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell through Congress. Lieberman absolutely deserves credit on that one.

He was against a public option in the health care fight, and vowed to filibuster it if it came to a vote. Lieberman claimed it would be too expensive and doesn’t want to add to our national debt, YET when the Bush tax cuts came to expire he was in favor of extending them…even though ending that policy could clearly fund our deficit directly…huh?

But what really pissed me off is when he claimed that instead of a public option he urged extending Medicare to younger patients, then completely reversed himself and said he’d filibuster that too.

But here’s the thing, I feel strongly that Joe Lieberman came inches away from being our country’s Vice President…if John McCain had picked him. Seriously. I think they would have peeled a heavy percentage away from the Independent vote and really shook up the Dem / GOP alliances. But what has written about before is also true, the GOP base never would have gone for it out of the gate. It would have been fascinating to see it play out had McCain gone for it anyway, but we’ll never know.


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