Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Senate Dems Vote to Punish Lieberman
In an apparent response to Joe Lieberman’s recent support of Republican presidential candidate John McCain, Senate Democrats voted 42-13 today to strip Lieberman of some of his Senate cafeteria privileges. “I know that Senator Lieberman worked closely and enthusiastically with John McCain, spoke prominently at the Republican convention, and repeatedly suggested that Barack Obama was a danger to the United States,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. “But this should be a happy occasion. Let’s not bicker and argue about who betrayed who.”
Reid then announced that Lieberman would retain his position as chairman of the powerful committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, but would henceforth be limited to one side dish at all Senate cafeteria lunches.
Asked about liberal “anger” towards Lieberman, Reid said: “I pretty well understand anger. I would defy anyone to be more angry than I was.”
But he added: “If you will look at the problems that we face as a nation, is this a time we walk out of here saying boy did we get even?”
“I feel good about what we did today,” Reid said. “We’re moving forward. And Senator Lieberman knows that in the future, he will have to choose between a salad and a vegetable, instead of ordering both. I think we sent the right signal.”