[O]n Monday night, Democratic senators emerged from a tense 90-minute closed-door session and suggested that they were on the verge of bowing to Mr. Lieberman's main demands: that they scrap a plan to let people buy into Medicare beginning at age 55, and scotch even a fallback version of a new government-run health insurance plan, or public option.
Yes, but the important thing is that Joe Lieberman is important, and being important is so important to Joe Lieberman…
Mr. Lieberman could not be happier. He is right where he wants to be — at the center of the political aisle, the center of the Democrats' efforts to win 60 votes for their sweeping health care legislation. For the moment, he is at the center of everything — and he loves it.
"My wife said to me, 'Why do you always end up being the point person here?' " he said, flashing a broad grin in an interview on Monday.
"Point person." That must be Connecticutian* for "d-bag."
* Fun fact: There is no actual word for residents of Connecticut, but as soon as they stop electing Joe Lieberman, we can refer to them as "heroes."
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