That sure was a friendly move of Joe Lieberman yesterday, on dance-y silver monster David Gregory’s Meet The Press, to go back on his pledge to support the Medicare buy-in proposal without telling the Senate leadership first, so as to destroy happiness once and for all. It’s especially jarring since a mere THREE MONTHS AGO he supported — and this is in a Connecticut newspaper, in print! — a goddamn freaking Medicare buy-in as an alternative to a public option. YOU KNOW THE EXACT THING. Of course why wouldn’t he bother moving the goalpost further and further into universal self-immolation & total implosion when nobody punishes him for anything? He just loves death, so much.

Here is an actual newspaper excerpt from September 8, 2009, based on an interview with Lieberman. (Ace catch, TPM!):

As to how 47 million uninsured will afford coverage, Lieberman said only 12 million don’t have insurance because they cannot afford it.

By allowing citizens who are not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid to buy in for a rate below the private market, the government can extend coverage to more of those who are currently uninsured, he said.

To arrive at his position, Lieberman said he reached out to “every conceivable group” in the state, including residents, providers, doctors and hospitals.

Boom. Just… boom. This is a “Joe Lieberman Boom Sandwich of Lies.” It tastes like blood and lava.

So, how will a FURIOUS Harry Reid and the White House respond to this fellow? Will they maybe try to exert some leverage, by threatening to take away his chairmanships or kidnap his pet gargoyle, Booger-eyes?

The White House is encouraging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to cut a deal with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and eliminate 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.

“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.”

Well it is still DESPITE WHAT EVERYONE SAYS a good bill so maybe it’s not a terrible idea to weed out this one small recent inclusion. But also, no, because Joe will just find something else to pretend to not like and declare that his new litmus test. Then, a few hours later, Ben “Wario” Nelson will release a statement saying, “Uhhh yeah, what Joe said, and also, abortion, no abortions for ladies,” while Mary Landrieu quietly steals another few hundred million in pork and liberals are told to eat sacks of french-fried cajun-seasoned dicks yet again, because they hate Christmas and have a war against it.

Joe Lieberman Not The Man He Used To Be On Medicare Buy-In [TPM]
W.H. to Reid: Cut deal with Lieberman [Politico]

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  1. Ben Nelson’s mind:

    Lives of the unborn > lives of people without health insurance who are definitely indisputably alive, like there isn’t even a debate over whether they are alive or not, and even if there were a debate over whether these people were alive or not, it would not be so unknowable that people would just agree to disagree and move on with helpful discussion of how to help people

  2. You know what would be very satisfying? If we could wait for a day with gale force winds and then bundle this monster into a trebuchet and shoot him into the blades of a siemens turbine. Yes, the soil where his pureed remains fall would remain toxic unto the seventh generation, but small price to pay.

  3. Time to get rid of the senate. Why should uncivilized unpopulated states get the two senators, the same as we get for millions of people in California? And why should one slimy, insurance company fellating scumbag from Connecticut be able to deny health care to the nation, just because of the ridiculous supermajority needed to get anything done?

    Who’s with me?

  4. Thanks, Connecticut, for reelecting this guy after he demanded his do-over second election! Assholes; he had already proven himself to be a cretin and a traitor, what did you expect.

    But hey, he “helped” by making the deal in 2006 to preserve the right to filibuster! And that’s turned out so well for the Democrats, hasn’t it?

  5. Lieberman, Lieberman, Lieberman, Lieberman,
    Lieberman, Lieberman, all day long,
    Lieberman, Lieberman, Lieberman, Lieberman,
    Lieberman, Lieberman, Lieberman song!

  6. Does Joe the Schmuck’s Senate medical package cover his lip gloss and knee pad expenses when big pharma and big med insurance visit the good Senator?

  7. The moral of the last 10 years is that if a Democrat loses the presidential election, the VP candidate will turn out to be a raging asshole, and should be immediately disowned by anyone with half a brain. I mean, John Edwards and Joe Lieberman? Probably the two worst people ever.

  8. Ha ha, Reid et. al. made the mistake of assuming that just because Lieberman proposes an idea that he’ll support it once it comes up for a vote — where in reality he proposes it because it’s not on the table, and it gives certain rubes (i.e. pansyweight Nevada senators) the impression that it could be a viable alternative.
    Remember those magic beans that you traded the cow for, Senator? Same deal. You’ll figure it out eventually. Maybe.
    Also, one more word: Reconciliation.

  9. Why is it that a comical old Italian billionaire/PM gets hit in the face with a statuette but not a terrible turd monster sourpuss like Joe Lieberdouche? Is there no God?

  10. Imagine if Gore had been allowed to be inaugurated into the presidency he won. We’d have had this jerkwad as veep for 8 years, with his whiny voice and unctuous self-importance. But we got that anyway! Goddamnit, the system’s broken.

  11. [re=477666]memzilla[/re]: That’s why his next proposal is going to be “Let’s sell the Entire Medicare program to AFLAC, for one dollar, because everyone loves those Gilbert Gottfried voice-overs.”

  12. My brother occasionally sees Joe in synagouge and I sent him an email earlier this morning that if he sees Joe again, to beat the ever lasting shit out of him and then maybe throw him into some of the poorer sections of DC where he can try to explain to those folks why he’s against medicare expansion.

  13. [re=477671]Dorje Chenpo[/re]: But without the American House of Lords, how would our betters make sure the rabble don’t gain too much power and run the government for the good of all, instead of just the deserving few?

  14. someone needs to take a statue of some famous connecticut building and smash his face in, berlusconi-style. Not that I am advocating violence; it would just be great for connecticut tourism.

  15. Hey, it’s just Politico. They might have just quoted every third word from the Reid camp and then turned it around sideways until it said that.

  16. Joe is so going to be Keithy’s Worst Person in the Wooooorld! tonight. I think he’s the biggest dick in the world & I don’t mean that in the way men like.

  17. [re=477693]bureaucrap[/re]: Now the GOP has a new ad buy for the radio…..with Steele saying, yes, indeed, they are stonewalling an “entitlement program”….you know, like medicare. Take that and stick it to lieberman’s sorry hide like so much burning pitch. Burn, baby, burn.

  18. “The White House is encouraging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to cut a deal with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.)”

    I do not want to hear this kind of thing ever again. Never ever. In a better world:
    “The White House is encouraging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to cut Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.).”

    Also, when I’m looking for Siemens, I turn to craigslist.

  19. Please don’t allow this to sway your views on Chanukah.

    (ps, as soon as Joe chose to become an “Independent”, I knew, as a CT resident, that is was all about “him”).

  20. As Steve Benen points out:
    One thing to keep an eye on. Lieberman has made some specific demands, which he insists have to be met. But what’s to stop Lieberman from making new demands if the White House and Senate leaders give him what he wants now? It’s not like he’s negotiating in good faith, and it’s not like Lieberman’s word has value. The White House wants Reid to cut the deal, assuming that it would end the standoff. But what if Lieberman discovers new concerns and takes the bill hostage all over again?

  21. What Joe means is that all of this health care stuff is interfering with his important Committee work to find out who fucked up after Katrina.

  22. “We don’t need to keep adding on to the back of this horse until the horse breaks down and we get nothing done,” Lieberman said.

    Joe Lieberman is an expert on how much you can “add on” to the “back” of a horse, because he had to call in a favor with John McCain to bury all those fucked-out bays at one of his ranches.

  23. It’s beginning to occur to me that the current political scene looks more and more like the theatrics of professional wrestling, and we’re being played like the NASCAR crowd. I hate being treated like an idiot, but I’d also really like someone to give Joe a piledriver to his diaphragm.

  24. I want death panels written back in so Lieberman’s death panel can hand him a gun, glue the barrel to his head, his finger to the trigger and make him listen to Joy Division for 100 straight hours.

  25. meh, I’m sick of hating on Joe. I’ll spend my energy hating Harry until he rewrites his firmly worded memo as follows:

    Dear Joe,
    Eat a bag of dicks.

    I don’t need your worthless vote if I chose reconciliation.


    PS – please return the gavel asap.

  26. [re=477748]Advocatus_Diaboli[/re]: PS – please return the gavel asap but remember to wipe off the handle first, as it’s been up your ass all this time.


  27. I called Lieberman’s office earlier today and spoke with a very nice assistant. I told her that I was very disappointed in some of the statements that Sen. Lieberman had made regarding the expansion of Medicare coverage and I hoped that he would reconsider. I also told her that, as one of the senators elected to represent Connecticut, I hoped he would acknowledge that the majority of the state supports health care reform.

    That was much more eloquent than the script I had originally written, which was, “I would like Sen. Lieberman to eat a great big, fat gigantic bag of dicks.”

  28. What an evil, ugly, wicked litte, wrinkly, ass-faced troll goblin.
    Thank you, Wonkette, for providing the one place on the web where we are free to hate on this little slimeball to our hearts’ content. It’s a vicarious little joy, fleeting and fragile – much more vicarious than, say, kicking him in his wrinkly, smug stupid face – but I’ll take what I can get in this economy.
    And I wish Obama would stop trying to appeal to the better angels of people who obviously don’t have any, like Lieberman and insurance and banking execs. For all his unforgivable flaws, at least Bush and his cronies knew how to twist arms and crack skulls in the service of getting what they wanted. If I have to read one more headline about Obama begging and pleading soulless corporate monsters to act like responsible human beings, I will seriously consider staying home in Novembers 2010 and 2012.

  29. In other news, I got my official War on Christmas card from Barry and Michelle in the mail today. “Seasons Greeting”, it says. Not even the obligatory “Happy Holidays”! I can’t believe I voted for this Kenyan.

  30. Technically, he hasn’t. In his interview from 2000 with the Bangor Daily News he said 55-64 year olds were the fastest growing group on uninsured.

    He was talking about people aged 55-64 in the year 2000, though.

    Fast forward over nine years later and the youngest of that group are now 64 years old.

    They’re getting their Medicare next year and, thusly, a Medicare expansion is no longer needed. Q-E-motherf–king-D

    Do the math with a little Joe-mentum in your brain, people.

  31. Honestly, this all makes me wish DroopyDog McMumblepants were up for re-election in 2010, intead of 2012. And not just because we’d get rid of him forever sooner, but because I would LOVE to see him somehow get primaried out of his own fakey, completely made-up party. I would also love to see what priceless, sore-loserly, drama-queen-style thing he ends up doing after he gets primaried out of his own fakey, completely made-up party. It would be comedy GOLD.

    And then we’d be able to get rid of him forever.

  32. I literally get a headache when I think about that atrocious piece of shit. And everything that’s wrong with Democrats; every wimp like, cowardly, chickenshit, no balls, no guts, eat the cum of another man out of your wife’s vagina sack of whining, sniveling, dog like squealing submissive toilet licking wuss – was illustrated perfectly when Al Gore chose this son of a bitch to be his running mate.

    And this is the problem that’s keeping Democrats from passing meaningful health reform, and why they haven’t stamped out the pestilence of Republicanism that’s been running this country off a cliff since the days of fucking Richard Nixon!!!


  33. [re=477668]Fox n Fiends[/re]: Hartford is the insurance capitol of the US. Need I connect the dots ! (Damn keyboard has a faulty question mark key)

  34. does the bill still include protection for those of us who cannot purchase insurance because we have pre-existing conditions? because if it doesn’t it sounds like i’ll be fined (since i’m living in a state that allows insurance companies to exclude me and my pre-existing).

    fuck you joey joe and your breast cancer money taking wife!

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