And if you ditch the compromise and the public option, they will find something else to grandstand about. For Nelson, he’ll be back to abortion. Who knows what Lieberman will start whining about, but I am sure Marshall Wittman is, as we speak, cooking up some fatuous bullshit.
Wittmann acknowledged Monday that Lieberman, as the vice presidential candidate in 2000, had campaigned then for expanding Medicare.
“This is nine years later, and we have a huge national deficit and a program [Medicare] that analysts indicate is in dire fiscal straits in 2009,” Wittmann said. “If anyone believes that the situation has not changed, they also believe that Tiger Woods is not a controversial figure at this moment.”
Wittmann, like Lieberman, never feels constrained by the truth, because otherwise he would mention that Lieberman was in favor of the medicare buy-in three months ago:
“I was very focused on a group that’s post-50, or maybe post-55,” Lieberman explained to the Connecticut Post. “People who have retired early, or unfortunately, been laid off early, who lose their health insurance or are too young to qualify for Medicare. And what I was proposing is that they have an option to buy into Medicare on the premise that that would be less expensive.”
And while we are at it, this was funny:
Lieberman’s office is welcome to call *me* as opposed to, say, calling people about me. Courage!
Ahh, that famous Bull Moose quote: “Whisper quietly behind people’s backs while you stick it in them.” With Wittmann sniffing around Ezra, you have to wonder how long is before Hiatt has Klein working alongside Froomkin at the HuffPo.