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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-14-08 04:18 PM
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How Senators Could Frame No Vote On Lieberman

"Lieberman Has Revealed Beliefs And Values Inconsistent With The Democratic Party"
By Greg Sargent - November 14, 2008, 4:03PM

This is great, great stuff. Bob Geiger dreams up an imaginary, but awfully convincing, press release that Senators can attach their names to in announcing why they intend to vote against Joe Lieberman continuing as chair of the Homeland Security committee:

I have known and admired Senator Lieberman for many years, and had been willing to accept his continued support for President Bush's disastrous Iraq policy as a philosophical and political difference that, while considerable, still left room for me to work with him on a range of other issues and to find common ground.

But with his support of the Republican nominee in the 2008 presidential campaign and his persistent and active participation in events and forums that smeared and discredited President-elect Barack Obama in intentionally misleading and despicable ways, I believe Senator Lieberman has revealed beliefs and values that are inconsistent with the Democratic party and the President-elect's mandate from the people.

President-elect Obama inherits significant economic and political challenges when he takes office in January and, under a Democratic Senate, a committee as vital as Homeland Security can simply no longer be led by one who has abandoned our party's core principles and who stood by mutely and with no oversight as President Bush debased our Constitution and our national creed, while also diminishing our nation's security posture...

Therefore, I will vote in the Senate Democratic Conference meeting next week to strip Senator Lieberman of his Chairmanship of the Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee.

The whole thing is here. Geiger does the work so Lieberman's fellow Senators don't have to!

Some folks have wondered aloud why people are so bent on stripping Lieberman of his Homeland Security chairmanship when he's going to have severely diminished powers next year. As Geiger makes clear, it's not that complicated.

On some of the most pressing issues we face, Lieberman simply doesn't share the ideas or values of the Democratic Party. And given his performance as Homeland Security chair, they think stripping Lieberman of his post is, you know, better for the country. Some seem incapable of imagining that the push to oust Lieberman could be about anything other than revenge or that anyone could possibly oppose Lieberman simply because of his ideas, values, and governmental failures.
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Arctic Dave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-14-08 04:23 PM
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1. Toss the bum out on his keister.
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-14-08 04:23 PM
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2. They could do a Jeffords on him and force him to quit
Of course Jeffords had way more impact on the switch than Lieberman ever will.

Even when Jeffords was a committee chair, they started going around him and working with Jeff Gregg, who was like 2nd in command for the committee that Jeffords was serving. They gave Jeffords the title but that was all it was worth.
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deaniac21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-14-08 04:42 PM
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3. I thought Obama was going to end Homeland Security. It's a
big waste.
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