This is infuriating. If there was ever a reason for steam to come out of your ears, it's this... Senator Joe Lieberman is flip-flopping on his health care vote and will now oppose the legislation, leaving it vulnerable to a threatened Republican-led filibuster.
Democrats are desperately trying to round up 60 votes and conclude Senate debate on the health care bill before Christmas.
The Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said that passage of the bill was looking less and less inevitable. The Democrats "are in serious trouble on this," he said, "and the core problem is the American people do not want us to pass it."
So let me see if I've got this right. A former Democrat Senator that left the party so he could keep his seat is holding the nation's health care hostage. Senator Lieberman represents Connecticut, the home of the insurance industry (think Hartford!) and the crooked politicians point of dispute is that he won't vote for a public option or even to expand Medicare to cover people 55 years old and older. Why not? Ask the insurance companies and their lobbies. After all, they're the ones who've been buying votes like they're buying up your TV ad spots.
Meanwhile, Republicans still haven't gotten the message that Obama was elected with health care reform as one of his major campaign planks. The people want it. We just can't vote to remove Lieberman and obstructionists like McConnell from office. Obama, on the other hand, hasn't figured out how to put a Presidential boot up an idiot's ass.