Lieberman Says He Will Support a Filibuster

Robert Waldmann

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said Tuesday that he’d back a GOP filibuster of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s health care reform bill.

Lieberman, who caucuses with Democrats and is positioning himself as a fiscal hawk on the issue, said he opposes any health care bill that includes a government-run insurance program — even if it includes a provision allowing states to opt out of the program, as Reid has said the Senate bill will.

Sorry for the link to Manu Raju at Politico who thinks that to support increased spending and deficits makes one a fiscal hawk.

Recently, a Lieberman aid publicly said he would vote for cloture. This is a stab in the back. I may be abusing my angrybear password, but I think readers might be interested in this link

update: Some actual economic news for AngryBears. Lieberman climbs Mt Aetna

update 2: If it’s not too much bother, could people who e-mail Liberman copy their e-mail and post it as a comment here. Trying not to clog angrybear comment threads.

For those who think Lieberman is a puppet of the insurance industry I say

final ?

And to those who think that they can claim to be fiscal hawks while demanding that more public money be sent to the insurance companies I recall Gary Larson’s warning as posted on Doug Elmendorf’s office door 20 years ago.