Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Buckleys for Lieberman

Back in 1988, Joe Lieberman ran against Republican Lowell Weicker for the U.S. Senate in Connecticut.  Connecticut's own conservative icon William F. Buckley, Jr., announced "Buckleys for Lieberman" as part of the effort do defeat Weicker, a true Republican-In-Name-Only.  In announcing his opposition to Weicker, Buckley described Lieberman as "a moderate Democrat" and stated that "it is always possible that he will progress in the right                                                                                                 direction."

Fast forward 21 years, Lieberman remains a Democrat but has progressed enough to announce today that he will support a GOP filibuster of Harry Reid's version of Obamacare or any healthcare "reform" plan that contains a public option.  (Link to story here.)  According to Lieberman, the Reid plan "to put this government-created insurance company on top of everything else is just asking for trouble for the taxpayers, for the premium payers and for the national debt."  He added that he would vote against any bill with a public option, "even with an opt-out [clause for states] because it still creates a whole new government entitlement program for which taxpayers will be on the line."

Thanks Joe.  Mr. Buckley's faith in you was not misplaced.  

1 comment:

thetimman said...

I thought of that lonely tarmac in Kirksville in 1988 when I read the news...