December 14, 2009

jk the Naif

Two takes on Senator Lieberman's refusal to back a public option bill:

Ezra Klein:

At this point, Lieberman seems primarily motivated by torturing liberals. That is to say, he seems willing to cause the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people in order to settle an old electoral score.

Megan McArdle:

Still, the question remains: what the hell is Joe Lieberman thinking? Sure, he can get away with these antics as long as he is the 60th vote. No matter how furious Democrats are, they are not going to punish him as long as he can break a filibuster for them.

But that's another year. Then what? It's highly unlikely that Democrats will keep exactly 58 seats plus Bernie Sanders. At that point, one way or another, Joe Lieberman becomes largely superfluous. And the Democrats are going to have their knives out.

Ummm, is it not possible that this is a vote of principle? This is a huge and likely irreversible step for the country. Senator Lieberman will always have some value as a swing vote in a closely divided Senate. He may be diminished if the numbers change, but not irrelevant.

Back to my naiveté, Klein and McArdle both miss the simple, occam's razor argument: Joe thinks it is wrong.

Philosophy Posted by John Kranz at December 14, 2009 2:34 PM

I recall slamming Joe on these pages when he voted to bring this bunk to the floor for debate. (Can't find it now though.) And I spoke ill of his "good friend" John McCain for his inability to win sway with Joe. I'm thinking now I may need to take back my ill words for both of them. Talk is cheap though. I'm waitin' for the roll call.

Posted by: johngalt at December 14, 2009 3:13 PM | What do you think? [1]