This is not surprising:
More than 80 percent of Democrats say they believe Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn) should be stripped of his powerful chairmanship in the Senate if he ends up supporting a Republican filibuster of health care reform, according to a new poll.
The liberal action groups Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America commissioned a survey several days ago, in which they asked more than 800 voters whether Lieberman’s position on health care should affect his status as head of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Eighty-one percent of Democrats said they would like to see the senator’s chairmanship — which he was allowed to keep despite campaigning for Sen. John McCain in 2008 — taken away should he sustain a filibuster. Only 10 percent of Democrats said there should be no punishment. Even fewer (nine percent) said they had yet to make up their minds, underscoring just how divisive Lieberman is within the party.
Here is the thing- Joe isn’t even a Democrat. If you can’t summon the nerve to punish an outsider who is continuously giving you and your agenda the shaft, you might as well kiss off any notion of party disciple ever. Even better, if you get rid of Holy Joe, you are down to 59 votes, which means the jackass Republicans can’t just sit around and say “Hey- you have the votes, why do you need us?” You might even muster some public support for doing something about the filibuster.
The first thing that has to change in regards to the filibuster, btw, is that people should actually have to filibuster. The status quo is unacceptable.