For the three percent of our readers who don’t think that Joe Lieberman (I-diot) is a totally childish, game-stopping prick, it may no longer matter if he is or isn’t. Word has it the White House told Harry Reid (D-egenerate) to make a deal with the asshole so that some sort of health care plan can get passed before everyone involved dies of old age. Or lack of coverage.
Why Lieberman doesn’t just come out and say, “Look, I represent Connecticut and we have a lot of insurance companies here,” we don’t know. Because that’s what he means when he says, “Blah blah blah it’s going to cost a ton and I look like Droopy Dog.”
The White House is encouraging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to cut a deal with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), which would mean eliminating the proposed Medicare expansion in the health reform bill, according to an official close to the negotiations.
But Reid is described as so frustrated with Lieberman that he is not ready to sacrifice a key element of the health care bill, and first wants to see the Congressional Budget Office cost analysis of the Medicare buy-in. The analysis is expected early this week.
Ugh. And now Reid is playing hardball the one time he’s ever played hardball. Good timing, twit.
“There is a weariness and a lot of frustration that one person is holding up the will of 59 others,” the official said. “There is still too much anger and confusion at one particular senator’s reversal.”
Good point, official. Joe Lieberman is absolutely the kind of cock who would shit in the punch at your holiday party and then say, “Look, it would be good for everyone to drink the punch anyway because I ate a lot of bran today and we could all be more regular.”
That analogy doesn’t make sense, right? Right! And neither does Joe Lieberman. One can only wonder what the death panels would make of his usefulness.
Here’s Politico‘s analysis of the situation and ways it could play out.
If they still hope to pass a bill by Christmas – which is still a top consideration at the moment — Democrats have only limited options:
• Reach an agreement with Lieberman, which would mean stripping out the provisions that have kept progressives on board. This will likely cause problems on the left – maybe even defections – unless the White House steps in to persuade senators such as Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
• Win over Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), but she has also voiced serious reservations about the Medicare expansion, and has resisted pressure from the White House and Senate Democrats to finish the bill by Christmas.
Reconciliation, a procedural maneuver to get around a filibuster, remains on the table, but it’s not a viable option at the moment, the official said. It would push the issue into next year with no guarantee of success.