by Josh Orton, Mon Dec 14, 2009 at 08:44:22 AM EST
We've got a real problem. Lieberman's opposition to health care reform started at blatantly dishonest, but last night blasted off into an orbit of malicious bad-faith. The Lieberman problem won't go away, even once the Senate moves past health care reform. How can Democrats solve the problem?
President Obama should appoint Lieberman to an Ambassadorship.
The logistical complications:
- Lieberman would have to actually want the gig.
- He'd still be around for health care. Lieberman's replacement would likely be a Democrat, but wouldn't join the Senate for months: Connecticut law provides for a special election to fill a Senate vacancy, but not until 150 days after the governor issues a writ.
Might as well start the process now.
Update [2009-12-14 14:38:38 by Jerome Armstrong]:
No one can solve Joe Lieberman's problem but himself imo. There's not a smaller man on the national stage than Joe himself:Lieberman said in a 2006 debate against Ned Lamont. "And what I'm saying to the people of Connecticut, I can do more for you and your families to get something done to make health care affordable, to get universal health insurance."