“Playing Us for Chumps”

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A Senate Democratic Chief of Staff weighs in …

I don’t pretend to know Joe Lieberman’s motivation, but it’s working to perfection if his goal is to divide Party leaders (Obama, Reid, etc.) from the Democratic progressive base. I don’t remember seeing this level of outrage from movement progressives before, and I wonder if the only possible way to quell it is to secure Snowe’s vote for reform and then remove Lieberman from his chairmanship. I’m not necessarily advocating that, but many people (including many on the Hill) believe that he is playing us for chumps (not waiting for the CBO score of the Medicare buy-in, opposing something he advocated a couple of months ago), and there need to be consequences. It’s not an easy decision, though, and I don’t envy Reid.

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