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Monday, November 02, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: Harkin gives Lieberman something to think about

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

Senate HELP Committee Chairman Tom Harkin told reporters yesterday
that he does not expect Senator Joe Lieberman to join a Republican
filibuster to block the health care reform bill. He also hinted that
Lieberman has a lot to lose by sinking this bill. ... In July, Harkin
suggested a new rule for the Senate Democratic caucus: "Every two
years the caucus could have a secret ballot on whether a chairman
should continue, yes or no [...] If the 'no's win, [the chairman's]
out. I've heard it talked about before" ... At the time, Harkin's
comments were widely viewed as a threat against Senate Finance
Committee Chairman Max Baucus. But Lieberman is a more likely target
for demotion if he follows through with his threats. His alleged fears
about health care reform adding to the deficit don't hold water, and
his he plans to campaign for some Republicans in 2010 won't help his
cause with fellow Democrats.

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