Monday, December 14, 2009


I know that some in the party have differences with Joe," Senator Obama said, all but silencing the crowd. "I'm going to go ahead and say it. It's the elephant in the room. And Joe and I don't agree on everything. But what I know is, Joe Lieberman's a man with a good heart, with a keen intellect, who cares about the working families of America."

- U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, March 30,2006

So, Joe Lieberman intends to kill health reform, apparently.

President Obama and many of today's senate Democrats should remember that it is they who helped to create this horrible situation.

In 2006, Democratic primary voters in Connecticut chose Ned Lamont over Lieberman as the party's nominee for the United States Senate. Then-Senator Barack Obama was one of the prominent Democrats who rallied to Lieberman to support his bid for re-election during the primary and during the general election as the nominee of the Connecticut for Lieberman Party.

Had they not supported a third-party candidate against their own party's nominee, they might have an ally on health reform in the senate rather than an adversary.

I wonder if President Obama is comforting himself with memories of the "good-hearted" Joe Lieberman he thought he was propping up back then. I wonder if he would take any of it back today if he could.