The deed is done. Joe Lieberman has single-handedly killed any meaningful health care reform legislation.
Yes, there will be a bill. President Obama will sign it. But, it won’t be what we want or need, or what we’ve been fighting for all these years.
Now, we have two big jobs ahead of us.
The first is to send a message to Joe Lieberman. Hey, Joe, you’re outta here. We don’t want you in the Senate Democratic Caucus anymore. And we sure as hell are not going to let you continue as Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee.
Next priority: Make sure this tragedy doesn’t happen again. By getting rid of the filibuster. In a democracy, the majority should rule. Not two-thirds, the majority. And certainly not one man. But the majority.
The filibuster is undemocratic. Maybe you keep it for really big decisions, like going to war or raising taxes. But no way it should be employed to deny other Senators the right to do their job, the right to do what they were elected to do, and that is to vote.
So, two jobs to do. Let’s get to work.
Throw Joe Lieberman overboard.
And get rid of the filibuster.
That’s my parting shot for today.