The White House is encouraging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to cut a deal with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), which would mean eliminating 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.
Not that the CBO's analysis will make any difference to Lieberman. He's not an honest man, you can't make a deal with him, he's just not going to vote for health care reform. The douche is out to destroy Barack Obama's presidency. He's not a fucking Democrat. He can read the poll data. Tons of Democratic voters say they're likely to sit out the 2010 midterm elections if health care reform fails. That's what Lieberman is after. Can we kick him out of the party now? Please? Can we stuff Barack Obama and every other Democratic elected official in a time machine and send them back to 2006 to endorse and work their asses off to get Ned Lamont elected?