Don't be a blog nanny. People put stuff like this up here all the time and no one cares. The laid back atmosphere and lack of overriding control isone of the things which make this blog more pleasant and fun than some.
I am also deeply disturbed by the reports out today suggesting that the House leadership ignored or possibly covered up Congressman Foley's indefensible behavior. These reports demand a full, independent investigation to determine exactly how the House leadership responded to the concerns that were raised about Congressman Foley's contacts with young pages.
Leave it to the guy who stabbed his own Democratic president in the back to now give his GOP friends a free pass until AFTER the election.
If I could, I would drive Lieberscum into the GOP with a cat-o-ninetails. Any benefit of having him in the Democratic Party is far outweighed by the damage he does. And as a Republican he would be forced to stab Democrats from the front rather than the back.
Chris Bowers overestimates the likelihood that Senate committees under the control of Democrats would do any meaningful investigations of the Bush Regime anyway. From that aspect, whether Lieberbum chairs a committee or not is almost irrelevant.
The real damage will occur if Lieberman is rewarded with a committee chair or ranking member status by Senate Democrats should he win.
First, it would have a devastating effect on the morale of the grassroots going into the 2008 campaign. What incentive would ordinary Democrats have to support a political establishment which openly rewarded Lieberbum's betrayal of them?
Second, it would be the death blow to the primary system. What incentive will any incumbent have to accept defeat in his or her primary if an independent candidacy is rewarded in the end? For that matter, what incentive would anyone who's been defeated have to accept it and bow out when Republicans are willing to finance them and split the Democratic vote?
And what incentive would Democratic voters have to participate in a primary system that is a waste of their time?
If Lieberman wins, it will be an unmitigated disaster for ordinary Democrats who are on the verge of implementing real change through primary challenges of bad Democrats, but a blessing for incumbents who will no longer feel bound by primary results and can expect to be rewarded for disregarding the wishes of those who vote in them.