With Joe Lieberman almost certain to receive a sound thrashing today from his fellow Democratic caucusers and lose some piddling little committee chair that he probably didn't want anyway, Salon's Glenn Greenwald argues that maybe it's time we all just didn't get along…
Where is the evidence of the supposed partisan wrangling that we hear so much about? Just examine the question dispassionately. Look at every major Bush initiative, every controversial signature Bush policy over the last eight years, and one finds virtually nothing but massive bipartisan support for them — the Patriot Act (original enactment and its renewal); the invasion of Afghanistan; the attack on, and ongoing occupation of, Iraq; the Military Commissions Act (authorizing enhanced interrogation techniques, abolishing habeas corpus, and immunizing war criminals); expansions of warrantless eavesdropping and telecom immunity; declaring part of Iran's government to be "terrorists"; our one-sided policy toward Israel; the $700 billion bailout; The No Child Left Behind Act, "bankruptcy reform," and on and on.
Most of those were all enacted with virtually unanimous GOP support and substantial, sometimes overwhelming, Democratic support: the very definition of "bipartisanship." That's just a fact…
That's why the outcome of this Joe Lieberman "controversy" is anything but surprising. Having Democrats overlook Lieberman's extremist views and reward him is anything but "change."
Personally, I think the Democrats in Congress are being smart on this one. I don't think they should start doing anything that seems vaguely ballsy until they have a nice firm 112 percent lead over congressional Republicans.
Until then, there's really no point in starting an undue ruckus.
Tags: Glenn Greenwald, Joe Lieberman, Senate