Erick covered this already:
Lieberman Digs In on Public Option
Sen. Joseph Lieberman, speaking in that trademark sonorous baritone, utters a simple statement that translates into real trouble for Democratic leaders: “I’m going to be stubborn on this.”
Stubborn, he means, in opposing any health-care overhaul that includes a “public option,” or government-run health-insurance plan, as the current bill does. His opposition is strong enough that Mr. Lieberman says he won’t vote to let a bill come to a final vote if a public option is included.
…but I cannot resist asking: does anybody over on the Other Side sometimes, ah, regret, aiming at a king – and missing? I ask because this is the second time that Lieberman has been the grit in the gears for progressives: the last time was during the pre-Surge period, of course. His mere presence in the 110th Congress meant that Harry Reid couldn’t shut down the war before we could implement the standard American victory strategy*. And now he seems happy to do it for government-option health care. There’s obviously sound reasons for it – he goes into them – but, really, there’s a certain amount of blood-soaked revenge going on here.
I’ll spare you the lie about how I’m not enjoying this. I am. Even though I know that we’re still on track to get a no-public-option, no-abortion-funding monstrosity of a health care bill; honestly at this point there’s a certain fascination to seeing how much excrement that Congressional Democrats can dump on the sandwich and still be able to get its base to eat it.
*Systematically flail about until we come across a working solution, then throw our essentially infinite logistics behind said solution and descend upon the enemy like an asteroid from orbit. It’s not the most elegant strategy out there, but it works.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.